A Nashville, Tennessee-based building materials company is planning a new manufacturing plant in the West Plains.
Louisiana-Pacific Corp., which also does business as LP Building Solutions, is looking to build a prefinish coating facility on more than 80 acres near Four Lakes, said Colby Wilson, spokesperson for LP Building Solutions. , in an email.
The company would produce its ExpertFinish siding product in the factory, which is dependent on state and local approvals. The plant is expected to create about 60 new jobs, Wilson said.
In a phone call Wednesday, Wilson declined to comment on the exact location of the proposed facility or whether it would be near the Spokane International Airport rail and road transshipment facility, but he said that it would be “logical to assume that it would be built in this area.
The installation would be LP Building Solutions’ fifth pre-finishing installation. The company operates siding prefinishing plants in Roaring River, North Carolina; Green Bay, Wis.; and Saint Louis.
A fourth plant in Bath, New York, is expected to begin production in the second quarter of 2023, Wilson said.
LP Building Solutions manufactures engineered wood building products for builders, remodelers and homeowners.
It operates 22 factories in the United States, Canada, Chile and Brazil.
During a third-quarter earnings call on Tuesday, LP Building Products CEO Brad Southern said the company would build a plant in Washington state to “accelerate ExpertFinish’s growth.”
ExpertFinish combines the look of traditional wood while offering the durability and easier maintenance of engineered wood products, according to the company.
Southern said the company’s planned facilities in New York and Washington would more than double its prefinished coating capacity by the end of 2023.
“These projects will add scale, efficiency and geographic reach, while simultaneously reducing costs,” Southern said on the earnings call.
The West Plains plant proposed by LP Building Solutions would mark a return to the area for Louisiana-Pacific Corp, which operated a sawmill in Post Falls for several decades.
The company closed the mill in 1995, citing a weakening lumber market, according to Spokesman-Review records.