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November 19, 2007

Cordele -- In a time when job layoffs and plant closings make up industry headlines, there is some good news to report today for one local company.

Last December, Norbord Inc. completed a $135 million expansion to its facility in Crisp County to step up the production line of its Oriented Strand Board product, which reached 100% design capacity in September.

At an open house Monday, WALB got a tour of the new facility which created 75 new jobs. The assembly line, which runs 24 hours a day, is part of the operation that makes the Cordele plant the second largest OSB producer in the country.

"It's an important day for us. We've invested a lot of money in this plant to double the capacity. We did that because the Cordele plant was already the lowest cost manufacturing facility in the U.S., and we had an opportunity to double its size. It gives us a very important competitive advantage in our business," said Norbord Inc. President & CEO J. Barrie Shineton.

In addition to the expansion, Norbord expects investment will create an additional 200 jobs in the region, mostly in log harvesting and transportation.

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