The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Money

March 23, 2014

Timber

Company specializing in reclaimed wood moves to Greenbrier County

A company headquartered in Ruckersville, Va., has relocated its pre-finished wood plant to Greenbrier County.

According to CEO Bill Stone, between the new facility in the Rahall Building at the Airport Industrial Park in Maxwelton and the company’s milling operation in Renick, Mountain Lumber will be responsible for an estimated 20 jobs in the county once the two components reach full capacity.

“We had merged last year with Renick Millworks,” Stone said of the plant’s relocation to West Virginia. “We had moved the milling to Renick already and added five to 10 employees there.”

In the meantime, Mountain Lumber was searching for a larger facility to allow expansion of its pre-finished wood plant, Stone said, adding, “It made sense to be close to Renick. That business is really taking off for us.”

When Steve Weir, executive director of the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation, suggested that a portion of the GVEDC-owned Rahall Building could be configured to accommodate the company’s needs, Mountain Lumber jumped at the opportunity, Stone said.

“Steve Weir did a great job helping us out with a large space at the industrial park,” Stone said.

He said the configuration of the space, along with the sheer size, were key to the decision to move the plant to Maxwelton.

“We could only find small buildings in Virginia,” Stone said. “What we needed was one big room, large enough to accommodate machinery that’s 150 feet long.”

Stone said real estate in the Ruckersville vicinity, near Charlottesville, is quite expensive. The company’s headquarters will remain in Ruckersville, as will its sales staff, he said.

At Thursday’s GVEDC board meeting, Weir reported that a gravel parking area large enough to hold more than 30 vehicles will be graded in the near future across Industrial Park Drive from the Rahall Building’s southern entrance to meet the Mountain Lumber plant’s needs.

GVEDC is also in the process of securing signage and mailboxes for the building’s newest tenant, Weir said.

Stone also spoke highly of Mountain Lumber’s partnership with Renick Millworks, a locally owned producer of sustainable wood products.

“We put out almost exactly the same products that Renick Millworks does,” Stone said, adding that the merger “has been good for us.”

He said he has also found the local labor pool to be “great.”

Among Mountain Lumber’s products are reclaimed antique, pre-finished and engineered wood flooring and paneling.

Stone said clients are welcome to see the company’s products at mountainlumber.com or see them in person at Renick Millworks or the Ruckersville showroom.

Call Mountain Lumber toll-free at 800-445-2671 for more information or to set up an appointment. Visit them online at www.mountainlumber.com.

— E-mail: talvey@register-herald.com

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