Wyoming County, Pennsylvania – Deer Park Wood is a family-owned hardwood sawmill with national and international customers. The company expects growth over the next three years as part of a $ 10 million project to expand and modernize its manufacturing facility in Wyoming County.
The growth will create 8 new jobs and retain 74 existing jobs, according to Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) secretary Dennis Davin.
“I congratulate Deer Park Lumber for choosing to farm in Pennsylvania,” Davin said. “Our prime location, natural resources and thriving manufacturing climate are attractive to growing businesses already here as well as businesses looking to establish their first operation in the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania is the best choice for manufacturers.
As part of its expansion project, Deer Park Lumber is installing a state-of-the-art automated bin sorter and an optimized filing system to streamline its material handling and operations processes. The company is making a significant investment in automation technology that will position it for long-term competitiveness.
“Deer Park Lumber has long been proud to be one of Tunkhannock County and Wyoming’s top family employers,” said Dan DiMeolo, Plant Manager, Deer Park Lumber.
“Our commitment to excellence grows knowing that the significant investment we make today secures the future of our company, our employees and their families in general. This expansion capital investment will significantly improve our production capabilities, which in turn will improve our competitive position in the global hardwood market. ”
Keystone College, located a few miles from Deer Park Lumber, will participate in the project by providing invaluable information technology expertise to the company as it grows and modernizes.
“Keystone College is proud to partner with Deer Park Lumber on this important economic development initiative,” said Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., president of Keystone. “All of Wyoming County will benefit in so many ways as Deer Park creates new jobs and keeps existing ones. We are delighted to offer valuable expertise that will benefit our local community.
Deer Park Lumber received a funding proposal from DCED for a $ 3 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), a $ 114,000 Pennsylvania First grant, and a Workforce Development Grant from $ 52,800 to help train new workers. The company has pledged to invest $ 10 million in the project.
In conjunction with this project, the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission (NTRPDC) secured a $ 10,000 website internationalization grant for the company through the Office of Global Access Program. DCED’s International Business Development (OIBD), funded in part by the US Small Business Administration. . NTRPDC also worked through the authorized OIBD sales representative in Mexico to open additional markets for the company.
“We’re always excited to help any business grow their marketplace, but supporting a long-time member of our community is especially rewarding,” said Cynthia Traoré, International Trade Program Manager, NTRPDC. “We have an established relationship with Deer Park Lumber and look forward to supporting them in their current and future endeavors. ”
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with companies planning to locate or expand in Pennsylvania.
“Wyoming County is made up of companies built on growth and community,” said Gina Suydam, president and CEO of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. “The Board of Trade is pleased to facilitate partnerships that provide businesses like Deer Park Lumber with the opportunity to achieve their expansion goals.
“Advocacy for state investment in our rural communities is essential to support local economic development,” said Senator Lisa Baker. “Deer Park Lumber is a recognized leader and an integral part of the hardwood industry supply chain. This substantial funding will help complete its planned expansion, and in turn, create and maintain many family support jobs. I look forward to witnessing the progress of this exciting project and seeing the future benefits it will bring to Wyoming County and our surrounding region.
Located in the endless mountains of Tunkhannock, Deer Park Lumber Inc. is a second generation family hardwood sawmill. The company purchases native hardwoods such as red oak, white oak, cherry, ash, hard and soft maple, beech, birch, poplar, lime, pine and hemlock from owners private woodlots and ships kiln-dried lumber domestically and internationally. Deer Park Lumber also has a team of professional foresters and provides forest management services.