The lumber industry is big business in Georgia – and we mean big.  One of the top states for harvesting timber, Georgia ranks number one among all states in the U.S. for commercially available timberland, as well as tops for exporting ‘forest products.’  The industry employs nearly 150,000 Georgians either directly or indirectly, with an overall economic impact of more than $36 billion annually, per the Georgia Forestry Association.  So it’s good news for Middle Georgia that Perry, in Houston County, will see a $30 million expansion project from Interfor, a forest products company and the largest lumber producer in the state.  Gov. Brian Kemp recently made the announcement, praising the work of the state’s economic development team and Interfor itself, which continues to invest in Georgia and its burgeoning lumber industry.  The money will go towards expanding Interfor’s Perry sawmill, increasing both lumber production and log consumption and creating dozens of new jobs.


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