Rivers Edge Forest Products, LLC to Locate in McCormick County

March 9, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – March 7, 2008 – Central SC Alliance and McCormick County today announced that Rivers Edge Forest Products, LLC will locate a pole peeling operation in McCormick County.

“Rivers Edge Forest Products LLC is both excited and proud to be located in McCormick County said Reg Williams, speaking on behalf of the family-owned enterprise. The County’s proximity to raw products along with the accessibility of roadways and railways make it an ideal location for us. McCormick County has been most helpful in construction and start up phase.”

The company’s operations will encompass procuring pole timber, processing, and marketing the inventory.

“South Carolina’s business-friendly climate continues to present new opportunities for investment and job creation.  It’s great to see a family-owned South Carolina business benefit from the strengths of our economy. Rivers Edge Forest Products is a welcomed addition to McCormick County’s business community,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

Central SC Alliance Chairman George Bullwinkel, Jr. said, “Our 12-county region has an abundant resource in wood and is highly concentrated with related products. McCormick County offers Rivers Edge Forest Products the ideal location for its operations and future growth plans.”

The plant will peel the pole timber and cut it to vendor specifications. The peeling operations started January 10, 2008. Employment for this operation is anticipated between five to seven individuals initially. Presently, the Procurement Manager and Mill Manager have been employed.  The remaining five positions will include equipment operators, scale operators and inventory management personnel.