Georgia-Pacific expanding lumber production
New planned facility in Georgia is third mill announced in past 12 months.
Strength in the U.S. housing market has prompted Georgia-Pacific to continue expanding its lumber production operations.
Georgia-Pacific plans to open a new lumber production facility in Albany-Dougherty County, Ga. at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.
Construction of the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019.
Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.
“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.
Once in production, the new facility expects to receive approximately 180 log trucks a day and produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber per year.
This is the third softwood lumber mill opening that Georgia-Pacific has announced in the past 12 months. The Atlanta-based manufacturer also plans to build a 340,000-square-foot facility in Warrenton, Ga. and last year announced 300,000 square-foot facility in Talladega, Ala.
Masonite posts strong Q2 earnings
Sales soar in Europe for the door manufacturer.
Masonite posted net sales of $567 million in the second quarter of 2018, rising 9% from net sales of $520 million in the second quarter of 2017.
The Tampa, Fla.-based door manufacturer said the increase in net sales was the result of a 5% increase in acquisition volume, a 3% increase in average unit price, and a 2% benefit from foreign exchange.
North American Residential net sales were $378 million, a 3% increase over the second quarter of 2017, while sales in Europe rose 36% to $101 million.
Architectural net sales increased 11% to $82 million. The 2018 acquisition of Graham & Maiman and the 2017 acquisition of A&F Wood Products combined to contribute 12% of incremental net sales, Masonite reported.
The manufacturer also reported a net income attributable to Masonite of $35 million in the second quarter, rising 30% from a net income of $27 million for the same period last year.
Leviton names new sales director
David Johnson will lead energy management, controls and automation team.
Melville, N.Y.-based Leviton promoted David Johnson to director of sales for Leviton’s Energy Management, Controls and Automation (EMC&A) business unit sales team. In his new role, Johnson will oversee Leviton’s independent lighting sales agencies, a national network of regional sales managers, and will direct the company’s demand creation team of technical sales specialists in key markets around the country.
A veteran of the lighting industry for 17 years, Johnson has had a diverse career with strong experience. He began his career at Juno Lighting before moving into a specification sales position with Lightolier in 2003. After six years as a business development manager with Schneider Electric, David joined Leviton in 2012 as the EMC&A central region manager, where he has continuously produced above forecast results for Leviton’s EMC&A and Lighting business divisions, the company says.
“We are thrilled to share the news of David’s promotion, and we are eager to see his continued growth at Leviton in his new position,” said Jeff Beyert, VP of sales for Leviton’s EMC&A business unit. “David’s proven results since joining Leviton combined with his nearly two decades of experience in the industry make him a strong leader among our sales teams, and we congratulate him on this achievement.”
A native and current resident of the Chicagoland area, Johnson holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He is the father to an 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.