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Officials mark opening of Henry County sawmill after $40 million investment

ABBEVILLE, Alabama — State and local leaders on Tuesday marked the official opening of Abbeville Fiber LLC, a state-of-the-art sawmill that will employ 115 people in Henry County once the facility is fully staffed.

The project represents the largest economic development project in the county’s history, with $40 million invested to date.

“What I have seen here today represents the best of Alabama — good people who are proud of their work and doing it to the best of their ability,” Governor Kay Ivey, who toured the facility. “There is an atmosphere of enthusiasm here, a belief that the future holds great promise. The workers here are a part of building something special for the local community and our state.”

Abbeville Fiber’s lone client will be Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc., part of the Alabama-based Great Southern Wood family of companies that operates internationally.

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