84 Lumber has announced its newest dedicated truss plant opening in Richmond, Virginia. The new component plant, which will primarily manufacture wall panels, roof and floor trusses, is fully automated, outfitted with the latest design software, computerized saws, a trackless gantry system and laser projection equipment. The facility opens in March and expects to hire 25 associates this spring, with plans to grow to 60 employees within the next year.
“The state-of-the-art equipment we invested in is impressive and will help us build a high-quality, efficient product in a safe environment,” said Andrew Mihalik, general manager of the Richmond plant. “In addition to investing in the best equipment, we also separate ourselves from our competition by investing in our people. 84 Lumber’s extensive training program allows people, like myself, to grow from an entry level position to being responsible for an entire facility.”
In a press release, 84 Lumber said that component manufacturing is an important part of the company’s business. Manufacturing centers enable the company to support its customers and stores as well as give 84 Lumber associates even more opportunities for growth, the release said. As the company continues to increase its presence westward, it expects to create component facilities within a number of planned new 84 Lumber stores.
“We are excited to open our newest component plant in Richmond because it fills a need for engineered and manufactured wood products in the area,” said 84 Lumber Area Manager Steve Benko. “The facility will help grow and strengthen our partnerships with new and existing customers.”