Bienville Lumber, a JV between Tolko and Hunt Forest Products, to conduct Aug. 1 job fair with LED FastStart for new sawmill near Taylor, Louisiana; US$240M sawmill will produce some 320 mmbf/year of lumber from 1.3 million tons of locally sourced timber

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BOSSIER CITY, Louisiana , July 25, 2023 (press release) –

LED FastStart event will connect prospects with career opportunities in northwest Louisiana

Bienville Lumber is partnering with LED FastStart to host an in-person job fair to connect qualified candidates to opportunities at its new state-of-the-art sawmill in Bienville Parish, near Taylor. The new facility, a collaboration between Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries, will create approximately 180 new direct jobs when operating at full capacity.

The job fair will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bossier Parish Community College, 6220 E. Texas St., Bldg L, in Bossier City. Job seekers can register in advance here or in person at the event. Attendees are asked to bring three copies of their résumé.

Company representatives will conduct initial screenings and interviews with candidates interested in positions including:

  • Supervisor
  • Electrician
  • Millwright
  • Forklift operator
  • Crane operator
  • Quality control technician
  • Controls specialist
  • Debarker operator
  • Canter operator
  • Trimmer operator
  • Stacker operator
  • Tilt hoist operator
  • Planer operator
  • Feeder and setup operator
  • Mobile shop mechanic
  • Warehouse staff

In July 2021, Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries announced their plans to build the $240 million state-of-the-art sawmill in Bienville Parish. The facility will produce an estimated 320 million board feet of lumber from approximately 1.3 million tons of locally sourced timber.

“Both Hunt Forest Products and Tolko Industries are family owned and operated businesses going back several generations in the forest products industry,” Bienville Lumber Plant Manager Scott Walker said. “That same family heritage is what I have envisioned for Bienville Lumber – a company that parents are proud to work for, and will encourage future generations to do the same.”

Bienville Lumber Co.’s employee benefits include competitive wages, 401(k) retirement plan with company match, paid time off, insurance, flexible spending account, employee assistance programs, tuition reimbursement and career advancement with a promote-from-within culture.

About Hunt Forest Products
Hunt Forest Products LLC is a full service wood products company founded in 1978 with the purpose of providing quality products and superior service. It manufactures a variety of plywood, lumber, and other specialty wood products to any specification. Hunt Forest Products is a family owned and operated company practicing sustainable forestry, and certified by the American Tree Farm System and APA – The Engineered Wood Association. Learn more at

About Tolko
Tolko is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of forest products for customers around the world, including lumber, plywood and veneer oriented strand board co-products, biomass power and a growing number of specialty wood products. For more than 60 years, the family owned company has delivered reliability, flexibility, efficiency and quality. It holds a third-party certification on the forestlands it sustainably manages in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, and it plays an active role in the communities where its employees live and work. Learn more at

About LED
Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant economy. It is the only state agency in the U.S. accredited by the International Economic Development Council, boasting award-winning programs like LED FastStart, a longtime national leader in customized workforce development. LED also supports a wide range of higher ed partnerships that Business Facilities magazine recently credit for Louisiana’s ranking as the No. 1 Tech Talent Pipeline in the U.S. In 2022, LED attracted 53 new economic development projects representing 18,137 new direct, indirect and retained jobs and $20.7 billion in new capital investment. Explore how LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana and employers of all sizes at


Mark Lorando, Communications Director

Ron Thibodeaux, Press Secretary

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