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Dickert ‘s Forest Products LLC is in the middle of expanding their pole mill facility at on Highway 22 between Roanoke and Wadley. The expansion began in late October, and the expected finish date will be in the Spring of 2024.
This will be phase two in a larger overall plan for their business. The capital investment will be around $800,000. This new expansion will create five full-time jobs at $20 per hour. This will put Dickert’s capital investment around $2 million in the last two years and around 13 total full-time jobs.
The Randolph County Economic Development Authority had tremendous support from multiple agencies to put this together to aide in the expansion of Dickert’s Forest Products LLC. That list includes the following agencies: Randolph County Staff and County Commissioners, Alabama Power, Department of Commerce, Rural Alabama, and the Alabama Forestry Commission as this was a complete team effort in which all had significant roles.
“This was a great project as we helped a local business expand and grow in Dickert’s Forest Products, LLC,” said RCEDA board chair Adam Slay. “This was a great display of teamwork from top to bottom by multiple agencies and people. They really helped put this together with our team at RCEDA with this project being led by Executive Director Chris Dunlap. I am really excited about Dickert’s Forest Products’ potential in the future for more growth and us working with them and the precedent set by our County Commissioners in helping businesses flourish in Randolph County.”
State representatives Randy Price and Bob Fincher were very helpful with guidance and support as well during the process. Dunlap, the Executive Director of RCEDA, was effusive in his praise when speaking about the County Commissioners as he emphasized the huge role the County Staff and County Commissioners played in helping pass a tax abatement to assist in this expansion.
“The Randolph County Commission is grateful that it has had the opportunity to help facilitate the expansion of Dickert’s Forest Products LLC in the community of Dickert /Wadley,” the commission said in a statement. “It is a great pleasure to see Randolph County’s industrial horizon broaden for investors, for new employment opportunities, and the county as a whole. We take this occasion to thank Dickert’s Forest Products LLC for choosing Randolph County as their home and for their future expansions.”
Rick Oates, the Alabama State Forester, also weighed in on the expansion.
“The Alabama Forestry Commission is very pleased with Dickert Forest Products’ plans to expand its facility in Wadley,” Oates said. “This expansion will bring much needed forest industry jobs with excellent salaries to the east-central Alabama area, while increasing demand for timber from many land owners. It has been our pleasure to work closely with Dickert Forest Products as expansion plans were made. We look forward to Dickert’s continued growth in the forest products sector.”