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Helena-West Helena Sawmill Reopens, Creating 75 New Jobs


Helena-West Helena witnessed the reopening of one of the city’s longtime businesses this week.

Dragon Woodland Sawmill held its grand opening on Thursday, April 25. The 120-acre sawmill was purchased by Dragon Woodland in April 2018, and the company has invested approximately $10 million in the facility’s reconstruction and new equipment.

The facility’s expansion has created roughly 75 new jobs in the region.

“Our company has a reputation for being professional, reliable and efficient,” Operating Manager Shane Martin said in a statement, “and when looking to expand, we found that Helena-West Helena was rich with abundant resources – both natural and human – that would continue to build on that legacy.”

The sawmill primarily mills red oak, white oak, ash, hickory, gum, popular, cherry, sycamore and black walnut, according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

“With nearly 19 million acres of forestland, the rich timber resources in Arkansas make the area attractive for growing companies like Dragon Woodland Sawmill,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “We are thrilled to welcome them to the state, where they will find abundant timber they need and some 28,000 workers skilled in the industry.”

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