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Arauco’s $450 million particleboard
operation open for business
Arauco marked the grand opening of its $450 million
particleboard and lamination facility in Grayling
Michigan, with an April 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony
and plant tour attended by executives from Arauco,
Arauco North America, as well as key customers and
public officials from Chile and the state of Michigan.
The 820,000-square-foot facility staffs more than
200 full-time employees and houses North America’s
largest-capacity, continuous single-line particleboard
press, two TFL lines and a large stocking warehouse.
The mill has a total production capacity of 452
million square feet on a 3/4 -inch basis. It is the first
greenfield composite panel mill completed in the
United States in nearly 20 years, and Arauco’s elev-
enth manufacturing site in North America.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Arauco North
America is a subsidiary of Arauco. Based in Santiago, Chile, Arauco is a global producer of wood
products supplying pulp, lumber, plywood, composite
panels and millwork.
Arauco said the new Grayling facility will improve
the logistics of the entire chain of production and
support its growing customer base in the Midwest.
The Grayling plant will produce the full range of the
company’s raw particleboard, in a variety of thicknesses, as well as Arauco’s full Prism TFL collection
of decorative panels. The products are used in the
manufacture of commercial and residential furniture,
cabinetry and retail fixtures.
In his remarks, Arauco North America President
Kelly Shotbolt noted, “We located this mill close to
our customers so we could take the freight out, and
so we can support those customers that have stayed
true to this area, and help them sustain their business
– to grow their business. We believe that in so doing,
we can be an economic multiplier in this region.”
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