ArbaBlox, an engineered wood products company, is locating a state-of-the-art pallet blocks manufacturing plant in Winona. The project is a $51.34 million corporate investment and will create 41 jobs.
“Congratulations to ArbaBlox on this tremendous investment,” said Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. “ArbaBlox’s innovative business strategy will help to expand the market for Mississippi’s forest products and further strengthen our state’s economy. This is truly a win-win for both companies, the city of Winona, Montgomery County, and the entire state of Mississippi.”
ArbaBlox will use the sawmill residuals from the Biewer Lumber facility in Winona to produce its patented-design composite wood pallet blocks. The venture will establish the first pallet block facility for ArbaBlox. The company plans to establish additional facilities in the future.
“ArbaBlox is proud to announce its first composite pallet block manufacturing facility, to be located in Winona, Mississippi,” said ArbaBlox CEO Ed Milburn. “We greatly appreciate all of the support from the community and MDA in helping make this exciting project a reality. We look forward to being a strong partner in the local community.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements. The city of Winona and Montgomery County also are assisting with the project.
“Agriculture, forestry and wood products are top economic drivers for Mississippi, and companies are increasingly investing in our state and creating good jobs to capitalize upon the abundance of natural resources we offer,” said MDA Deputy Executive Director Laura Hipp. “MDA is glad to support ArbaBlox as it opens its first pallet blocks manufacturing facility in our great state.”
ArbaBlox’s Winona operations will build composite wood pallets for the food service and other industries.