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HILT, California – Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS), a California agricultural supply cooperative, with timberland holdings in California, Oregon and Washington, announced today that it plans to build and operate a small log mill in Yreka, California, should it ultimately acquire appropriate property. The current plan is for the mill to process small diameter logs (down to 4”) into lumber for use in the manufacture of pallets, as well as for use in other agricultural and non-agricultural applications. The mill will employ between 30 and 40 people.
“We are excited to expand the Company’s business in a way that benefits not only our company, but also the local forest industry and the community,” said FGS’ Senior Vice President, Northern Operations, Charles Brown. “By processing small logs from company-owned and neighboring lands that currently have very limited economic use, we will be creating a market for a currently underutilized material while expanding employment opportunities in the Yreka area.”
ABOUT FRUIT GROWERS SUPPLY COMPANY
Organized in 1907 by the members of the California Fruit Growers Exchange, Fruit Growers Supply Company has grown along with the West’s agriculture industry. The nonprofit cooperative association has provided growers with the materials and services to grow, harvest, package and ship their crops efficiently and conveniently for over 100 years. FGS is one of the largest private timberland owners in California, with additional holdings in Oregon and Washington. FGS also has six Operations Centers throughout the growing regions of California and Arizona, a carton manufacturing plant in Ontario, California, and, through its wholly-owned subsidiary United Wholesale Lumber Company, a full-service pallet manufacturing operation in Visalia, California.
For further information please contact Mr. Brown at (530) 475-3453 or email Charles.Brown@fruitgrowers.com.