FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 25, 2016) – Gov. Matt Bevin today announced Legend Lumber Lee Corp. plans to open in a shuttered hardwood lumber concentration yard in Boston, Ky., investing nearly $3.5 million and creating at least 30 full-time positions to produce hardwood for export to Asia.
“Legend Lumber founder Jack Li saw demand for a product and took steps to find the best location to meet that demand,” said Gov. Bevin. “I’m proud to say that process led him to Kentucky. Here he found raw materials and willing partners who helped turn opportunity into reality. In addition to creating jobs and economic impact in Nelson County, Legend Lumber will add to the total value of Kentucky exports. We look forward to working with Mr. Li and his company as it grows.”
Jie “Jack” Li, president of Legend Lumber, bought the nearly 20 acre former SEEMAC Lumber facility in Boston which closed in 2009. Li said he plans to expand it and purchase new equipment. He expects the operation to be fully operational by the end of 2017. The facility will bring in green lumber for kiln and air drying, sorting, grading and shipping.
The company’s initial 20 full-time positions will include 16 yard employees, two clerical staff and a yard manager later this year. Li anticipates hiring 10 to 15 additional yard employees in 2017.