Hardwood mill expected to be running by December

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AMITY — Caddo River Wood Products LLC has announced the opening of a hardwood sawmill that will create 15 new jobs on 54 acres in Clark County and looks to expand to 50 employees over the next three to five years. 

Pictured, from left, are Ashlee Vaughan, Dave Henderson, JL Griffin and Shelley Short. | Submitted photo

The mill will be a hardwood facility producing cross ties, dimensional lumber and firewood. Construction on the mill is being performed by GT Sawmill Solutions and President Jason Goodale is leading the team of fabricators and welders.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance former CEO J.L. Griffin, economic development coordinator Ashlee Vaughan, and new Alliance CEO Shelley Short presented Caddo River Wood Products managing partner David Henderson with $125,000 in incentive funding (“old” tax funds) from the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County. 

According to Henderson, the mill will produce an estimated 10 million board feet per year of hardwood products. Henderson anticipates the mill will be fully operational by early December 2022.

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  1. As an amateur woodworker, I would love a place locally to get good quality hardwood lumber. I only hope Hardman Lumber doesn’t do like they did with the Beirne mill and forbid them to sell to the public.