Alabama Forest Products Companies To Invest $92M, Create 70+ Jobs

In Dothan, SmartLam North America will invest $62 million in a new glulam manufacturing facility and Peak Renewables will build a $30 million wood pellet production plant.

The infrastructure project will include construction of a new industrial access road, as well as water and electric utility improvements. Through partnerships with the Alabama Department of Transportation, Houston County and the City of Dothan, a new access road will be built to serve the new industrial sites. In addition, Dothan Utilities will provide water extensions and electric utility service.

SmartLam North America will construct a state-of-the-art, 140,000-square-foot custom glulam manufacturing plant with capacity to produce 84 million board feet annually. The company will also add equipment to fully automate its existing 225,000-square-foot plant to produce 2 million cubic feet of CLT annually.

“Most mass timber glulam/columns are manually produced. The new plant will be automated allowing SmartLam to significantly increase production and simultaneously deliver multiple mass timber projects,” said SmartLam North America CEO Derek Ratchford. “We are strategically located in Alabama to serve the Southeast, the fastest growing mass timber market in the United States. We are currently the largest CLT manufacturer in North America and with the glulam addition, SmartLam will become the largest mass timber (glulam/CLT) producer in North America.”

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The forest products company’s new facility will provide a new, modern work environment for approximately 130 employees.
The expansion will allow SmartLam to purchase high-strength timber from landowners throughout Central and Southern Alabama. SmartLam is the first and largest manufacturer using Southern Yellow Pine to produce CLT.

Peak Renewables’ growth project will utilize 30 acres and include new rail spurs in collaboration with Genessee and Wyoming Railroad. The wood pellet facility will be a 24/7, 365-day operation.

“This facility and the investment will further strengthen the overall forestry economy and bring a world-class wood fiber operating facility to the Dothan area, producing 180,000 MT of wood pellets annually,” said Peak Renewables CEO Scott Bax.