McDavid Sawmill Reopening; Over 50 Jobs To Be Filled

July 10, 2013


Dozens of new jobs are coming to McDavid as the West Fraser mill reopens after sitting idle for over four years. The official announcement will be made next week by Gov. Rick Scott.

West Fraser is looking to fill over 50 openings for their newly reopened McDavid Mill on Champion Drive. The company has turned to Workforce Escarosa for assistance in filling a long list of positions, which are both hourly and salaried. Requirements and qualifications vary by position type.

All of the jobs are full time with a benefits package.

In late 2008, the West Fraser McDavid mill was closed, putting about 75 people out of work. The company also closed a mill in Citronelle in 2008, cutting about 100 jobs.

The McDavid mill produces Southern Yellow Pine lumber and has an annual production capacity of about 200 million board feet. At the time it was closed in 2008, the mill was  running just one shift, producing about 75 million board feet.

During the first quarter of 2013, West Fraser reported earnings of $67 million or $1.57 per share on sales of $863 million. During the same quarter in 2012, the company lost $19 million.

To view complete job descriptions and apply for available positions, visit Or to complete an application in person, visit the Workforce Escarosa Century One-Stop at 8120 North Century Boulevard from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Pictured: The West Fraser McDavid Mill. file photos, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “McDavid Sawmill Reopening; Over 50 Jobs To Be Filled”

  1. David Huie Green on July 13th, 2013 5:40 pm

    “David as a former Bluff Springs resident don’t you mean north of Whirlpool Rd?”

    Naw, I’m including them too, especially since so many of the Johnsons moved to Whirlpoor Road. Charlie Dawson was listed as born in Bluff Springs when he was born across from Tedder Road. The Crary and Fillingim Families were listed in the 1888 act of the Florida Legislature so I’d have to include it down to the end of Crary Road, across from Whirlpool and up to (but not including) Tedder at the other end.

    David for generosity

  2. Molino Lady on July 12th, 2013 8:09 pm

    “We” tried to correct the name but their reasoning was – “Our mailing address is McDavid”. That being said, I am thankful jobs are coming to “The North End”. We want our children to be able to work in this area so welcome the opening
    of this mill. It is on the site of the old Pine Barren Saw Mill from the 1800’s.
    There is a cemetery on the property.

  3. Earl in bratt on July 11th, 2013 6:54 pm

    David as a former Bluff Springs resident don’t you mean north of Whirlpool Rd?

  4. apprehensive on July 11th, 2013 6:24 pm

    This sounds wonderful, but how long will it be before the ones they’re now hiring are laid off again? It seems like a gamble.

  5. Glenn on July 11th, 2013 6:20 pm

    How did the sawmill move from Pine Barren to McDavid or Bogia

  6. 429SCJ on July 11th, 2013 8:00 am

    @Daivd, I agree, absolutely.

    I wonder by whom and how these geographical conclusions are arrived at?

  7. David Huie Green on July 10th, 2013 6:35 pm

    “I have been trying for over four years to figure out how the “McDavid Saw Mill”, wound up in Bogia?”

    Just lucky, I guess
    But really, are you sure it isn’t in Pine Barren or Cotton Lake or even Barth?

    (either that or it was done by mailing address)

    David for placing the Bluff Springs signs properly
    just south of Tedder Road
    just south of Whirlpool Road

  8. Nathan on July 10th, 2013 2:06 pm

    Amen! Great news for our community!

  9. Dh on July 10th, 2013 6:42 am

    Great news! So glad to have a local business with job opportunities for local people!

  10. 429SCJ on July 10th, 2013 6:22 am

    I think this is great news for the many unemployed in our area.

    I have been trying for over four years to figure out how the “McDavid Saw Mill”, wound up in Bogia?

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