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LP Plans Expansion Of Dickinson County Facility; 50 New Jobs

Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce that global building products manufacturer LP Building Solutions is expanding its operations in Sagola Township with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). The company’s $194 million investment is one of the largest projects ever supported by the MSF in the Upper Peninsula.

The project is expected to create at least 50 jobs and retain the 151 jobs currently at the site, supported by a $325,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in the US and Canada.

“This transformational investment by LP Building Solutions – one of the largest ever supported by Michigan’s economic development fund in the UP – will create at least 50 good-paying manufacturing jobs in Sagola Township and underscores the strength of our talented manufacturing workforce and the attractiveness of our business climate,” said Governor Whitmer. “Together, we will continue growing Michigan’s economy by empowering our hardworking people and innovative businesses. I will work with anyone to build on our momentum, and investments like this one by LP Building Solutions will help us continue moving our state forward.”

LP Building Solutions headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., is an international leader in high-performance engineered wood building products for new construction, repair and remodeling, and outdoor structures that meet the demands of builders, remodelers, and homeowners worldwide. The company has operated in Sagola Township in Dickinson County since 1988 and currently employs 151 people at that location.

To meet growing customer demand for LP’s engineered wood home siding products, LP plans to convert its Sagola Township operations from the manufacture of oriented strand board to LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, a large-scale conversion project that will create at least 50 new positions and has the potential for future expansion of a second processing line, which would create additional investment and employment opportunities in the region. The expansion will include 134,000 square feet of new construction as well as new machinery and equipment.

For more than 20 years, LP SmartSide Trim and Siding has provided customers with an innovative approach to home siding that combines the beauty of traditional wood and the durability of engineered wood. In that time, SmartSide siding products have experienced tremendous success and become one of the fastest-growing siding brands in the US

“This project is an exciting win for the Upper Peninsula and further demonstrates Team Michigan’s commitment to supporting economic opportunities throughout all regions of the state. We appreciate LP Building Solutions’ vote of confidence in Michigan and our talented workforce,” they said Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of the MEDC and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “We are grateful to the Governor and legislators for the continued support of the Michigan Business Development Program. We’re proud to join our partners at Invest UP, Sagola Township, and the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance as we celebrate LP Building Solutions’ expansion and look forward to working together to grow, add jobs and provide greater opportunity for our friends and neighbors in the Upper Peninsula.”

This will be a transformational project for the Upper Peninsula and will have a profound ripple effect of positive economic impact on Sagola Township as well as the surrounding region. In addition, the company will be contracting with local suppliers and contractors, creating additional investment and employment opportunities. LP offers competitive wages and full benefits to its employees and is also an active contributor to the local community.

“Customer demand for LP SmartSide Trim and Siding is at an all-time high,” they said Executive Vice President, General Manager of Siding Jason Ringblom. “To ensure our customers have the product they need to build beautiful, durable homes and structures, capacity expansion projects like our conversion of LP Sagola to the manufacture of LP SmartSide are incredibly important to LP. In addition to supplying the increased demand for SmartSide, converting LP Sagola to a siding facility positions the mill for years of growth and improved stability, which will benefit our local employees, their families, and the broader community. We are thrilled to welcome LP Sagola to LP’s SmartSide family of mills.”

Sagola Township anticipates approval of a property tax abatement in support of the project, and the MEDC also authorized a State Education Tax abatement to be used with the local abatement. Individuals interested in careers with LP should visit here.

“We are excited to see this significant investment in the LP Sagola facility,” they saidDickinson Area Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Lois Ellis. “The project will align the plant to produce a high-value product and provide 50 additional family-sustaining jobs with excellent wages and benefits for area residents.”

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