ArbaBlox, an engineered wood products company, is locating a state-of-the-art pallet blocks manufacturing operations in Winona. The project is a $51.34 million corporate investment and will create 41 jobs.
ArbaBlox will use the sawmill residuals from the Biewer Lumber facility in Winona to produce its patented-design composite wood pallet blocks. The venture will establish the first pallet block facility for ArbaBlox. The company plans to establish additional facilities in the future.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements. The city of Winona and Montgomery County also are assisting with the project.
ArbaBlox’s Winona operations will build composite wood pallets for the food service and other industries.
Governor Tate Reeves said, “Congratulations to ArbaBlox on this tremendous investment. ArbaBlox’s innovative business strategy will help to expand the market for Mississippi’s forest products and further strengthen our state’s economy. This is truly a win-win for both companies, the city of Winona, Montgomery County, and the entire state of Mississippi.”
The ArbaBlox CEO Ed Milburn stated, “ArbaBlox is proud to announce its first composite pallet block manufacturing facility, to be located in Winona, Mississippi. We greatly appreciate all of the support from the community and MDA in helping make this exciting project a reality. We look forward to being a strong partner in the local community.”
Mississippi Development Authority’s Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp said, “Agriculture, forestry and wood products are top economic drivers for Mississippi, and companies are increasingly investing in our state and creating good jobs to capitalize upon the abundance of natural resources we offer. MDA is glad to support ArbaBlox as it opens its first pallet blocks manufacturing facility in our great state.”
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