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UB Community Development Announces Partnered Funding for Abbeville Fiber Sawmill Creating 115 Full Time Jobs

Atmore, AL – UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, has announced partnered funding for the new fiber sawmill in Abbeville, Alabama.

The mill is a state-of-the-art sawmill, featuring the latest technology in the industry and is located in the former West Point Stevens textile plant off U.S. Highway 431 and Alabama Highway 27. The mill is operated by Abbeville Fiber, a part of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc. It has the capacity to produce 200,000 feet a day of finished wood and will purchase an estimated $14 to $15 million of yellow pine timber annually from suppliers within a 50-mile radius of the plant.

The mill represents a $40 million investment, the largest ever in Henry County, and will employ up to 115 people at full production, which will include truck drivers. It will initially consume 40-45 truckloads of logs per day but can increase production by adding additional shifts. The first load of logs was received in early July from Charles Money Logging.

An additional $850,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to the Henry County Commission will provide transportation construction assistance to ship lumber, timbers, and posts at the Abbeville Fiber plant. The mill is also expected to expand the need for timber in southeast Alabama resulting in additional jobs in the forest industry.

The Henry County Commission and the city of Abbeville also contributed $160,000 to the project.

“As we have seen during my administration, Alabama’s timber industry is at full throttle,” said Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. “It has been my experience that a big demand for wood is an indication of confidence in the economy, and that confidence leads to growth in housing and business in general. I am pleased to support this project to provide timber- industry jobs in Abbeville and Henry County.”

Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc., based in Abbeville, Alabama, is a manufacturer of lumber products and distributor of building products servicing Do-It-Yourself retail home centers, pro dealers, and other retail building-related and industrial segments. Founded in 1970, Great Southern Wood has 14 plants located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The company, best known for its YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine, services a coverage area that stretches from the Florida Keys to Texas to Canada, an area that includes all or parts of 28 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about United Bank, please contact Tonya Lambert, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, at (251) 446-6004 or email tonya.lambert@unitedbank.com. For more information about UB Community Development, or for help with planning your next funding project, contact Alex Jones, President, UB Community Development at (251) 446-6017 or email alex.jones@unitedbank.com.

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About United Bank
United Bank is a $713,000,000 financial institution that has enjoyed 115 years of continuous service to Atmore, Alabama and surrounding communities. United Bank has offices in Atmore, Brewton, East Brewton, Flomaton, Monroeville, Frisco City, Bay Minette, Foley, Lillian, Loxley, Magnolia Springs, Silver Hill, Spanish Fort, and Summerdale in Alabama. United Bank serves Santa Rosa County, Florida in Jay, Milton, and Pace. For more information about United Bank, please visit our website at www.unitedbank.com. Member FDIC.

About UB Community Development
UB Community Development’s strong history and experience in New Markets Tax Credit transactions, coupled with our passion for improving the communities around us, make UBCD Alabama’s premier financial partner for economic and community development. Through our NMTC projects, Community Facilities Lending Program and Community Housing Capital Fund, UBCD is working with community development partners in the fields of healthcare, education, manufacturing, public works, and more. For more information about UB Community Development, visit our website at www.UBCommunityDevelopment.com.