ArbaBlox to locate manufacturing facility in Winona, Mississippi, which will use residuals from Biewer Lumber sawmill to produce composite wood pallet blocks; US$51.3M investment in what will be ArbaBlox's first pallet block facility will create 41 jobs

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JACKSON, Mississippi , September 21, 2022 (press release) –

ArbaBlox to create 41 jobs in Winona

Project is a corporate investment of nearly $51.34 million

ArbaBlox, an engineered wood products company, is locating a state-of-the-art pallet blocks manufacturing plant 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.

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“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.” – Gov. Tate Reeves

“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.” – MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp

“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.” – Ed Milburn, ArbaBlox CEO

“Montgomery County proudly welcomes ArbaBlox to its growing business community. Like Biewer Lumber, ArbaBlox recognized the benefits of developing in Montgomery County, thanks to its abundant timber industry, business-friendly leadership and ideal location in the heart of Mississippi.” – Montgomery County Board of Supervisors President Ron Wood

“On behalf of the Montgomery County’s Economic District and Economic Development, we are excited to welcome ArbaBlox to our community and to the State of Mississippi. We look forward to supporting their industry and future growth in Montgomery County.” – Montgomery County Economic Development District President Mike Sullivan and Montgomery County Economic Development Director Sue Stidham

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About Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org.

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