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By John RauchPosted Aug. 16, 2018 10:00:48It seems like every time we look into a new technology, we see a little thing or two that seem to be just the beginning of something big.
This time we’re not talking about an airplane that can harvest trees, but a new type of facility that can process wood chips for lumber, paper and other products.
The Timber Processing Plant is one of a number of projects that could bring massive, and potentially cheap, jobs to a region where the job market is increasingly depressed.
In January, the state legislature approved a $20 million grant to build the facility, which is being developed by timber processing company Starks Timber Processing.
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEP) awarded $10 million for the project in 2016.
The company is in the process of applying for a $12 million federal stimulus grant to help pay for the initial costs.
The Timber Processing Facility is expected to generate up to 2,200 jobs.
That’s enough to keep the region afloat.
“It’s not just the jobs that are going to come.
It’s the people that will come here,” said Joe Hogg, chairman of the board of Starks and president of the Wood Processing Association of Greater Oklahoma.
Hogg said Starks would create up to 25 new jobs in the region.
It would also create more than 500 construction and construction-related jobs.
The project would be a win-win-win for the state, Hogg said.
The federal government would help pay construction and for the local industry to stay afloat.
The state also would be able to bring in jobs for local communities that could not otherwise support their own industries, Hagg said.
The timber processing industry employs more than 15,000 people in the state and is worth nearly $3 billion.
There are about 1,400 jobs in Oklahoma in the wood processing industry.
The facility will employ roughly 500 workers, including those who will be using the machines to process the wood chips and paper used for building products like furniture, furniture wrapping and other types of paper products.
The jobs would also provide jobs for about 5,000 apprentices.
That means apprentices would be training people for the jobs.
It could also help bring in additional local employment and tourism dollars, Hgg said.
Hagg said he is confident that Starks will be able find the money to build a facility that is large enough to handle the work.
“If you can have a facility like this, you can take the whole process out of the equation,” Hogg told NewsChannel 5.
“It will take care of itself.”
Starks Timber has spent $2.6 million to design and build the plant.
The project is expected cost about $5 million to $7 million.