Westervelt Lumber

Industry: Manufacturing RDP Investment: $9.5 million Launched: December 2019

Thomasville, AL – The $191.6 million facility will produce approximately 250 million board feet of pine lumber annually, taking advantage of the company’s nearby timberland and other facilities.  The new mill created 125 permanent full-time jobs in a census tract with an unemployment rate of 21.8% and poverty rate of 20.5%. Workers earn over 207% of the average living wage of Clarke County, with the facility location strategically amidst the most economically distressed counties in Alabama (Clark & Wilcox). 103 of the 125 jobs are accessible to low-income persons and offer employer paid work force development opportunities through Alabama Career Center and Coastal Alabama Community College. Westervelt offers all of its employees a full suite of benefits including 80% employer paid health and dental insurance.

Westervelt Lumber VIDEO – 1st Truckload left Thomasville Location on March 8, 2021

RDP’s Community Investment Program

Westervelt Lumber partnered with Rural Development Partners to provide a matching funds grant of $95K, expanding workforce development and community program opportunities in the Thomasville region. Funding is allowing Thomasville Public Library to enhance educational and career readiness, foster employment opportunities through the Community Action Agency, and academic enrichment at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Alabama. Funds were also designated toward a Fine Arts Program at Thomasville Middle School, and providing for community health, wellness, and family through the construction of a Splash Pad.

RDP Impact

125 Quality Jobs Created

103 Accessible Jobs

Average Wages: $40,612 per year

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