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Charles Ingram Lumber Co. expanding its operations in Florence County - Company investing $33 million in sawmill expansion
March 15, 2018. South Carolina Department of Commerce.

COLUMBIA S.C. Charles Ingram Lumber Co., a family-owned sawmill located in Effingham, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. With $33 million of capital investment, the company is expected to create 22 new jobs.

Serving the southeastern U.S. since 1931, Charles Ingram Lumber Co. owns timberland where trees are grown for pulpwood and saw timber. The company also operates a lumber mill, which produces approximately 120 million board feet of Southern Yellow pine annually.

Located at 4930 Planer Road in Effingham, S.C., the company will be adding a new dry kiln this year, which will enable them to dry an estimated 70 million board feet of lumber. The company will also begin construction on a new manufacturing line which, over the next several years, will provide a significant amount of the required additional production.

For more information on Charles Ingram Lumber Co., visit www.cilumber.com.


“Charles Ingram Lumber is excited to be growing our business, at home, in Florence County. This expansion will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers. The support offered by our local and state government has been beneficial in making this expansion possible. This local, family-owned business is striving to be a leader in our industry while protecting our greatest asset, which is our dedicated employees. In the future, we will face many challenges, and our ability to grow our business at this critical time will position us for future growth.” –Charles Ingram Lumber Co. Vice President Furman Brodie and Manager Jim Anderson

“When a company chooses to continue growing in South Carolina, we want them to know that we are committed to providing the most business-friendly climate possible. Companies from all over the world trust our state and our people, and today’s announcement by Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is just the latest example of that.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“In South Carolina, we take great pride in our abundant natural resources. The ongoing success of companies like Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is further evidence of the fact that our forestry sector is thriving, and will continue to support job creation throughout our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Job creation, investment and expansion in rural areas help power the success of our county as a whole. This company’s expansion is good news for Florence County and the Pee Dee area.” –Florence County Council Chairman Kent Caudle

“Our culturally-rich rural communities have always been the heart of South Carolina, and every one of us has a stake in seeing them thrive. I commend Charles Ingram Lumber Co. for choosing to invest once again in Florence County and its people.” –S.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh K. Leatherman

“Strong and growing companies, such as Charles Ingram Lumber Co., are crucial to long-term prosperity in Florence County. Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is led by its third generation of family and provides further proof that we are a great place to do business.  I am excited that this company is expanding in our area.” –Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank J. “Buddy” Brand

“Ingram Lumber’s expansion is a boon for the state’s already-strong forest products manufacturing sector and reflects the company’s confidence in the future of South Carolina’s well-managed timberland. The abundance of fast-growing and privately-managed wood in South Carolina makes the Palmetto State ripe for these kinds of capital investments, which is also good news for family forest owners.” –S.C. State Forester Scott Phillips


  1. Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is expanding its existing Florence County operations.
  2. $33 million investment to create 22 new jobs.
  3. Charles Ingram Lumber Co. is a family-owned sawmill company located in Effingham, S.C.
  4. Located at 4930 Planer Road in Effingham, S.C., the company will be adding a new dry kiln this year before constructing a new manufacturing line. 
  5. For more information on the company, visit www.cilumber.com.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities' State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.


Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998


Last Published: September 11, 2018 2:18 PM
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