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Arauco Expanding Existing Panel Operations in Marlboro County

March 9, 2015

Arauco, a global leader in sustainable forest products, is expanding its existing particleboard operations in Marlboro County. The $30 million investment is expected to result in expanded capacity for the company’s Bennettsville, SC, facility.

Established in 1967, the company today serves clients in more than 75 countries worldwide in five main business areas of forestry, wood pulp, sawn timber, panels and energy. Expansion of the company’s Marlboro County facility will allow the plant to grow the capacity of its particleboard and thermally-fused laminate (TFL/melamine) operations.


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“This investment further positions our team to add capacity that will translate into improved accessibility and value for our customers. It will also generate additional long-term jobs as we continue to invest in the future of this complex and the community at large.”

– Michael Rosso, Vice President of Manufacturing, Arauco

“We celebrate Arauco’s decision to invest another $30 million in its Marlboro County particleboard mill. It’s always exciting when a company decides to expand its operations in one of our rural counties. This investment is a big win for the Bennettsville community and the entire state of South Carolina.”

– The Honorable Nikki R. Haley, Governor of South Carolina

“I’m always pleased when a foreign-based firm, like Arauco, decides to establish and then expand their operations in our state. I look forward to supporting Arauco as they continue to grow in South Carolina and worldwide.”

– Robert M. “Bobby” Hitt, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce