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Collins Hardwood Doing the Right Thing

When the oldest industrial plant site in West Virginia was put up for sale in 2005, the people of Richwood, W.Va., were concerned. After all, this mill had been in operation since 1901, and they wondered what economic effects the sale of one of the town’s oldest businesses would have on the population of 2,800 residents. Luckily, The Collins Companies purchased the mill and immediately began making improvements including adding new equipment and jobs, and increasing the employees’ wages and benefits.

“The Collins Companies’ purchase of the Richwood mill was very good, not only for the mill and the employees, but also for the Richwood community,” said mill manager Ernest Lake.

The Collins Companies has long been known for doing the right thing. The first privately-owned forest products company in the nation to be independently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), The Collins Companies is committed to timber resource sustainability, ecosystem health and community enhancement. Collins also is working to certify its forests and subsequent products under the Green Cross label, an indication that the company’s forest management practices meet or exceed standards set forth by the FSC.

Collins Hardwood Richwood:

Employs 72 people on 29-acre site
Facilities include sawmill, dry kiln and planing mill
Sawmill has capacity to process 20 MMBF annually
Dry kiln has capacity to process 13 MMBF annually
Products include veneer logs, rough and surfaced lumber, and lumber for domestic use and export

For more information, visit the Web site, www.CollinsWood.com