Blue Ridge Lumber adding 17 jobs in Essex County
Blue Ridge Lumber Co. LLC announced plans Tuesday to invest nearly $2.7 million in its Essex County lumberyard. The project is expected to create 17 jobs.
The company is adding new dry kiln capacity to increase hardwood exports. Blue Ridge Lumber has been selling Appalachian hardwoods since 1981, operating six facilities throughout Virginia and exporting products around the world.
Blue Ridge Lumber has committed to purchase more than $5.2 million of Virginia-grown logs and lumber over the next three years.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund for the project, which Essex County will match with local funds.