From Staff Reports

Sterling Lumber Co. will open a new facility in Lufkin that will create 150 new jobs and more than $30 million in capital investment, state and local officials said.

A Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $825,000 has been extended to the Illinois-based company, which intends to produce its TerraLam Cross-Laminated Timber mats at the new plant.

“It is very exciting to announce a significant expansion of Sterling’s manufacturing capacity in Lufkin and the Lone Star State,” said Carter Sterling, CEO. “I can’t think of a better place to continue our stated mission of supporting our colleagues, communities, customers and company.”

Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter said the announcement acknowledges a team effort by Gov. Greg Abbott, key state officials and local agencies including Angelina College, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and Texas Forest Country Partnership.

Said Abbott: “A hardworking and family-run company like Sterling requires a workforce with the same values, and that is exactly what the Lufkin community will provide.”

In addition to mats for a variety of applications, Sterling provides wood products including pallets and skids, lagging lumber and pre-made lagging panels, shielding lumber, timbers and more.

Its matting solutions are used by utility companies in other industries including electrical transmission, pipelines and civil construction. By providing access roads, work platforms and water crossings, they’re used to get heavy equipment across fields, wetlands, rivers and other tough locations.