Great Southern Wood Announces Jesup, GA Plant

4/9/2004

Abbeville, AL - Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc., makers of YellaWood(TM) brand pressure-treated lumber, announced today the construction of its eighth wood treating facility, to be built in Jesup, Georgia. The facility will create 80 new jobs initially, with plans to grow up to 100 jobs. Located in the Wayne County Industrial Park, the facility will break ground in June 2004.

"This new treating plant represents our company's commitment to growth in this area. We have been very impressed with the Georgia workforce and all it has to offer a company like Great Southern," said Great Southern President and CEO Jimmy Rane.

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

"Not only do we provide lumber dealers with outstanding products, we have also invested in our own fleet of trucks so that we can insure timely delivery. By helping our dealers manage their inventories more effectively, we play a key role in helping them operate more efficiently which enables them to better serve consumers," said Rane.

"We offer our dealers a complete array of treated lumber products from one source. Our YellaWood(TM) brand pressure-treated pine is widely known to consumers throughout the south who use it for a variety of outdoor building projects. In addition, Great Southern was one of the first treaters to offer a borate treated lumber product in addition to traditional treated lumber. Our N-Durz(TM) brand borate treated lumber has been very successful for interior applications, and it is one of the fastest growing categories in Great Southern's product line," Rane stated.

"However, these pressure-treated lumber products are only part of our line-up. We also produce many other treated lumber products such as fence products, posts, poles and specialty products such as deck spindles to name a few," he added.

"Beyond that, we've rapidly added products to our distribution list for residential and commercial applications, and these have been well received by our dealers. For instance, we've been distributing EON, an alternative decking product, for several years now as well as products like SolarPly and MaxxFloor," Rane concluded.

Over the years, Great Southern has featured college football coaches in a series of highly effective advertising campaigns for its YellaWood(TM) brand products. These marketing efforts have led millions of consumers to "look for the yellow tag when building outdoors."

"We're pleased with the work the Wayne County Industrial Development Authority has done to make this project a reality," Rane said. "Teamwork has gotten us where we are, and we look forward to being a part of the Jesup community for many years to come."