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Fly Timber expanding operations in Miss.

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) -- Sawmill operator Fly Timber has announced a $6 million expansion in Grenada, Miss., that will create 30 new jobs.

After the expansion, the Grenada facility will have 80 employees.

Fly Timber has operated in Grenada for 32 years.

It is a hardwood-only sawmill and currently saws hardwood into mats for the oil and gas industry and cuts trim-grade hardwood and floor-grade hardwood for use in residential and commercial construction.

Ricky Fly, owner of Fly Timber, says in a statement Tuesday that the expansion will enable the company to begin cutting railroad crossties, which will then be shipped to a lumber treatment facility by rail car.

The Mississippi Development Authority and Grenada County provided assistance to rehabilitate and add on to a county-owned rail spur.