ARAUCO breaks ground on Grayling plant
CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) —
A world-wide producer of wood products will soon be operating in northern Michigan.
On Wednesday afternoon, ARAUCO broke ground in Grayling for a new state-of-the-art particleboard plant.
Not only did the groundbreaking ceremony symbolize the official start of construction for what will be the most modern particleboard plant in North America, and the largest of its kind in the world, it also paved the way for some much needed change to the area.
"Grayling has been economically depressed for quite a few years and struggling economically, and this will be a huge impact to that," said Doug Baum the Grayling City Manager.
The project is expected to create more than 200 jobs in the plant directly, hundreds in local forestry, and hundreds more in transportation.
Local leaders say they're hopeful this company helps to not only attract more people to the area, but also helps to keep them there.
"We have approximately 135 kids that graduate out of our high school each year," said Bob Dixon, Grayling Township Building Official. "100 of them move away to other communities and enhance other communities. They're going to have a huge opportunity here now in our community to be able to live here, work here, educate here, everything right here in our community now."
Construction is expected to be wrapped up by late 2018.