In July of last year, the EGGER Group announced the greenfield investment, and the machines are now starting to build. EGGER is launching the construction of its new wood-based materials plant in Lexington, North Carolina (US), according to plan. The chipboard plant is scheduled to start operation in late 2020.
The EGGER Group has launched the construction of its first US production plant in Lexington, North Carolina. The chipboard plant with lamination capacities represents the first project phase. It involves an investment volume of approximately EUR 260 million and will create 400 direct jobs over the next six years.
The state-of-the-art chipboard plant with lamination capacities is scheduled to start operation in late 2020, and will play a decisive role for the growing presence of EGGER on the North American market for wood-based materials. Having a local production plant will secure product availability for EGGER customers in the region and increase speed of delivery.
The construction of the office building is progressing
EGGER has started construction of an administrative building in Lexington, NC, already in March of this year. The construction works are advancing according to plan, and completion is planned for spring 2019. There will be space for approximately 80 administrative employees. In the visitors forum, EGGER will present its products and services to customers, interested parties, and other stakeholders. In addition, the company is setting up a training centre to train and promote local professionals.
Own apprenticeship programme
EGGER has launched its training programme for apprentices in Lexington, NC, already in September 2018, in collaboration with the Davidson County Community College (DCCC). This programme is an important part of EGGER’s efforts to develop a highly qualified workforce for the new plant in Lexington and at the same time invest in the local community. Students accepted into the programme receive four years of paid training and a scholarship. They follow courses and practical professional training to learn the theory and practice of mechanics and electricians. Moreover, participants to the programme are guaranteed a full-time position with EGGER upon graduation.
The family company, founded in 1961, employs approximately 9,200 people. In 18 plants across the world, they produce an extensive product range of wood-based materials (chipboard, OSB and MDF board) as well as timber. The company generated a turnover of EUR 2.68 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year EGGER has global customers in the furniture industry, wood construction and flooring retailers, as well as DIY markets. EGGER products are found in countless areas of private and public life, including kitchens, bathrooms, offices, living rooms and bedrooms. EGGER is a full-range supplier for the furniture and interior design industry, for wood construction, as well as wood-based flooring (laminate, cork and design flooring) industries.