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Slick Rock Lumber to create new jobs in Halifax County, Va.

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Slick Rock Lumber will open a new sawmill operation in Halifax County. The company will create 13 new jobs in the county and source 75% of its timber needs from Virginia.

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This is the first economic development announcement in Halifax County during the Governor Terry McAuliffe administration and the first AFID facility grant announcement for the county.

Slick Rock Lumber will invest $535,000 in site improvements and equipment needed to open the new hard- and softwood sawmill.

The company’s primary products will be railroad ties and large planks to be made into mats for use by utility, construction, and logging companies.

Slick Rock is also committing to purchase more than $5 million of Virginia timber over the next three years, or 75 percent of the forestry inputs needed for the new production venture.

The Commonwealth is partnering with Halifax County and Slick Rock Lumber on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

Governor McAuliffe approved a $12,000 grant from the AFID Fund to assist with the project, whichHalifax County is matching with local funds.

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