Texas governor visits Sterling in Lufkin to promote manufacturing in Deep East Texas

Texas governor vists Sterling in Lufkin to promote manufacturing in Deep East Texas

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Governor Greg Abbott joined city and business dignitaries on Monday celebrating the grand opening of a new cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing facility in Lufkin.

TerraLam CLT mats manufactured at Sterling are used to create temporary access roads and working platforms in the power, oil & gas, renewable, and general construction industries across the U.S., according to the company.

“We are excited to welcome Governor Greg Abbott, our clients, local officials, and members of the media to tour our state-of-the-art CLT manufacturing facility in the heart of Texas,” said Carter Sterling, CEO. “I am excited to connect our cutting-edge technology with the great resources of East Texas - People and Timber.”

TerraLam CLT mats manufactured at Sterling are used to create temporary access roads and working platforms in the power, oil & gas, renewable, and general construction industries across the U.S., according to the company. (Source: Donna McCollum)
TerraLam CLT mats manufactured at Sterling are used to create temporary access roads and working platforms in the power, oil & gas, renewable, and general construction industries across the U.S., according to the company. (Source: Donna McCollum) (Source: KTRE News)

The Lufkin CLT manufacturing facility is more than 375,000-square-feet situated on about 50 acres on US-69 southeast of the city.

“This investment means more jobs; it means more opportunity,” said Gov. Abbott. “It means more economic growth for this entire region.

“I just want you to know we also consider this to be a big day for Texas. Because the fact is, when local communities like this succeed, the entire state of Texas succeeds.”

Abbott told guests at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and plant tour that over a 1000 people a day move to Texas. He attributes the business moves to tax incentives, economic development grants and the Texas Enterprise Fund. It helps manufacturing facilities, like Sterling get up and running.

On the tour, Sterling chose not to be the speaker, but let some of the 70 people that work on the line do the talking.

Their first CLT line and Sterling’s corporate headquarters are in the southern suburbs of Chicago.

When both CLT lines are running at full capacity, Sterling produces up to 2,000 TerraLam CLT mats, about three linear miles, every day, according to the company.

When asked about future expansion, the CEO shared something he said hadn’t been revealed publicly until that moment.

“I would tell you my team of research scientists is very excitingly looking at structural CLT panels, so what’s next we might be participating in the construction of new homes and new houses and new buildings here in East Texas with these very same CLT panels,” said Sterling.

Sterling called it “exciting and breaking news.”

Another reason to keep that partnership going with the Texas governor.

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Their first CLT line and Sterling’s corporate headquarters are in the southern suburbs of Chicago.

When both CLT lines are running at full capacity, Sterling produces up to 2,000 TerraLam CLT mats, about three linear miles, every day, according to the company.

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