Operations Begin in Jesup


May 3, 2006

ABBEVILLE, Ala.- In May 2004, Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc., a leader in the pressure treated lumber industry and maker of YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine, announced plans to open its newest treating facility in Jesup, Georgia.

The company broke ground on the state-of-the-art facility in the Wayne County Industrial Park in June of 2004, and the dream became a reality when the Jesup plant opened this past March. The 71-acre property boasts a 195,000-square-foot covered warehouse, a 100,000 board foot gas-fired dry kiln, three pressure treating cylinders, a 45,000 square foot fence panel production facility and a 21,000 square foot remanufacturing site.

With a capability of producing 240 million board feet of lumber annually, the Jesup plant will be treating Great Southern’s famous YellaWood® brand Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ) product, N-Durz® brand borate treated lumber, Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) and FlameFreez™ brand fire retardant lumber and plywood. It will also be the first Great Southern facility to produce YellaWood® brand products with Micronized Copper Quaternary (MCQ), a new treatment technology that offers improved corrosion performance in addition to providing the protection from rot, fungal decay and termite attack consumers have come to expect from all YellaWood® brand products. YellaWood® brand products with MCQ are also available in cedar and brown tones, popular consumer colors similar to cedar and redwood.

As well as carrying a wide array of treated lumber, Great Southern is positioned to provide dealers with other building products they may need, such as TimberTech® decking, an alternative decking material.

The company currently employs 100 people at its Jesup facility and has the potential of adding additional jobs as production picks up.

“We’re very excited about the facility in Jesup,” said Jimmy Rane, President and CEO of Great Southern Wood. “We fell in love with the city and are thrilled at the prospect of growing with this community.”

Great Southern credits its success to a highly effective advertising campaign that positions YellaWood® brand products first in the mind of consumers as well as its fleet of over 280 company-owned trucks and 550 trailers. This feature allows the company to help customers manage their inventory more effectively which helps them operate more efficiently.

Great Southern was founded in 1970 in Abbeville, Alabama. Since then, the company has grown to become the largest producer of pressure treated lumber in the nation, with additional plants in Conyers, Georgia; Muscle Shoals, Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; Sumter County, Florida; and Columbus, Texas. Today, the company distributes its products throughout the southern United States.