Covering Louisiana

May 1, 2013 6:14 PM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

Idaho company will reopen sawmill closed in '08

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says an Idaho company has bought a shuttered sawmill in Coushatta and plans to reopen it later this year, creating 90 jobs. The mill closed in 2008 because of the national recession.

CEO Ted Ellis says Idaho Timber LLC recently bought the mill from Hood Industries and has begun renovating it.

State figures show 257 Red River Parish residents were unemployed in March. The parish's population is estimated at 9,100. However, the mill probably won't cut parish unemployment by one-third. Louisiana Economic Development spokesman Gary Perriloux notes that some people may be hired from outside the parish and other factors may influence unemployment.

Officials say the company is expected to use the state's workforce development program, its industrial tax exemption and payroll rebates for new jobs.

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