Forest Service grant boosts Freres planned new plant

Freres Lumber Company in Lyons recently received a boost in its quest to open a new plant to produce a new product on the construction market.

The company received a $250,000 U.S. Forest Service Wood Integration grant, which will help pay for a computer numeric code machine to be used in its Mass Plywood Panel plant. The total cost of the machine is just shy of $1.2 million.

The company is currently equipping the new plant with aims to have it operating by January. The plant is located between Lyons and Mill City at the site of the former Lyons Veneer and Cedar Mill Co. and is expected to initially employ 20 full-time employees, adding to Freres current labor force of nearly 500 employees in its half dozen operating plants.

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