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Firm Announces $11 Million Investment In New Sawmill Facility
June 29, 2020

Ashton Lewis Holding Company (“Ashton Lewis”), the leading provider of premium quality Southern yellow pine flooring and lumber products, has announced the company will invest $11 million to establish a new specialty southern yellow pine sawmill in Ruther Glen, Virginia. Having recently acquired the assets of W.T. Jones & Sons, Inc., a family-owned, pine sawmill located in Caroline County, Ashton Lewis has a reputation for producing quality pine products both in the United States and internationally and sources the highest value pine logs for the production of various lumber and wood products. With nearly 16 million acres of forestland across the Commonwealth, the company has committed to source 90 percent of all pine lumber purchases from Virginia forestland owners.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ashton Lewis to Virginia, where forestry is our third-largest private industry,” remarked Governor Ralph S. Northam in response to the announcement. “Ashton Lewis’ commitment to Caroline County will not only preserve quality jobs for hardworking Virginians and bring valuable investment to this rural locality, but will continue to provide markets for our forestland owners.”

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) worked with Caroline County to secure the project for the Commonwealth. Governor Northam approved a $50,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to assist Caroline County with the project. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the state-funded Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which provides consultative services.

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