$90M sawmill project expected to bring 95 jobs to Louisiana

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Wood logs are seen stored at the Serra Mansa logging and sawmill company, in Moraes Almeida district, Itaituba, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon rainforest, on September 12, 2019. – Cattle breeders, indigenous teachers and loggers are among more than 20 million people living in the Amazon in northern Brazil, carving out a living from the world’s largest rainforest (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

ST. HELENA, La. (AP) — Plans are moving forward for a $90 million dollar sawmill project that is could bring nearly 100 jobs to a Louisiana parish.

The new sawmill in St. Helena Parish is expected to employ 95 workers full time by 2022 and create 120 construction jobs at the site near Greensburg, according to state economic development documents.

Florida Parishes Forest Products LLC filed an economic incentive agreement with the state in early August, including a request that would exempt the mill from property taxes for up to its first 10 years, The Advocate reported.

The Board of Commerce and Industry is expected to grant the exemption if there are no objections from the local school board, sheriff’s office and police jury, the news outlet said.

There are more than 200,000 acres (80,937 hectares) of forest across the parish, making timber among its largest industries, according to the newspaper.

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