RoyOMartin invests $30 million to update its timber manufacturing facility in Louisiana 

RoyOMartin invests $30 million to update its timber manufacturing facility in Louisiana 

May 14, 2024
RoyOMartin plans to add new components to its hydraulic press and complete planned maintenance projects.

RoyOMartin has announced plans to modernize its facility in Allen Parish, Luisiana. Martco, LLC, the parent company of RoyOMartin, will invest $30 million into the project, which includes installing new equipment at the plant to produce oriented strand board (OSB) for the housing industry. RoyOMartin, which specializes in timber sourcing and manufacturing, plans to add new components to its hydraulic press and complete planned maintenance projects in an effort to increase productivity and efficiency at the facility.  

What people are saying

In a recent quote, Terry Secrest, executive vice president of manufacturing and product sales at RoyOMartin, said, “Our Oakdale OSB facility has been a cornerstone of RoyOMartin since it produced the first panel in January 2007. Throughout the years, the facility has consistently been the safest and highest-producing OSB manufacturer in North America. With the high production rates, the press needed replacement to meet the growing market demands. Given the strong workforce, timber availability, proximity to the fastest-growing housing markets,  and Louisiana’s improved economic development climate, this $30 million investment secures the Oakdale mill’s status as a world-class manufacturing facility in Allen Parish for many years to come.” 

Luisiana Economic Development secretary Susan B. Bourgeois added, “RoyOMartin is a third-generation family-owned business doing business in Louisiana for more than 100 years, and I am thrilled to see this company positioning itself to thrive for many more. Louisiana timber has long supported the national housing industry, and so has our skilled manufacturing workforce, which continues to meet the challenge of modernization with the talent and training companies need to compete.” 

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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