Winston Plywood Seeing Record Profits After Increasing Minimum Wage

WCBI News Coverage

Stephen Pimpo, a reporter with WCBI, interviewed our team to discuss how increasing our wages by nearly 40% has directly increased company profits.

“Our wages are the highest in our history and the business is doing better than it’s ever done before,” says president and CEO Bruce Warren. “I think that’s a great correlation.”

We thank Stephen and WCBI for the time and access, you afforded us today for the story.

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Company has increased its minimum wage by nearly 40% in the last 18 months

Louisville, Mississippi – Winston Plywood and Veneer, a state-of-the-art plywood mill located in Louisville, Mississippi, announced today the rollout of a new wage structure whereby every associate employed will make a minimum wage of $15.25 per hour bringing the average hourly wage to $20 per hour. This increase follows a significant increase in July 2020 that elevated the company’s starting wage to $13 per hour, effectively increasing Winston’s starting pay by nearly 40 percent in the last 18 months.

“This decision was an easy one – it is right for our business and right for our people. We know that only by recruiting and retaining the best team members can we operate at the highest level,” said Bruce Warren, CEO of Winston Plywood. “We’ve worked hard to be an employer of choice in Winston County and are happy to pay a starting wage of nearly double the minimum required in Mississippi to all of our hardworking team members.”

Under the new wage structure, all team members will earn a minimum of $15.25 an hour for day shifts and $16.50 per hour for evening shifts, with higher wages for more skilled positions such as heavy equipment operators, material handlers, and maintenance. Opportunities for internal advancement are available and further increased compensation is offered based on experience.

“The new wage structure is an investment in our team members old and new that we are proud to make. Our people make it possible to operate safely and productively each day and we are pleased to take this next step to attract, hire and retain the very best talent possible,” said Chasta Rauccio, Vice President of Human Resources.

This wage increase for hourly positions follows the launch of Winston’s Ambassador Program, a new initiative announced in September to strengthen workforce recruitment and retention. The Winston Ambassador Program recognizes a select group of leaders from across the company for their leadership, dedication, and selfless approach to making Winston an exceptional place to work. Ambassadors participate in job fairs and community events, share Winston’s culture with potential new hires and coach new team members during their employment transition. The Ambassador Program is supported by the company via a new referral bonus program to reward current employees for each new team member they recruit, with more earnings possible based on the longevity of the recruited team members.

“Winston Plywood is a pillar of the Louisville community and an engine for our local economy. These wage increases are the latest action by Winston to demonstrate their commitment to the livelihoods of our families and continue to establish Winston as an exceptional place to work in Winston County,” said Will Hill, Mayor of Louisville.

About Winston Plywood and Veneer
Winston Plywood & Veneer produces and distributes engineered specialty plywood and veneer products for industrial markets and plywood for the building product markets in North America from its state-of-the-art facility in Louisville, Mississippi. With approximately 400 associates, it is one of the most modern and efficient mills in North America. To learn more, please visit

Winston Plywood receives and places boilers | Winston County Journal

As construction continues at the Winston Plywood plant in Louisville, the plant recently installed one of the most important pieces of equipment critical to its operations.

McCain Engineering out of Jackson has installed boilers that will allow the plant to operate. The boilers provide the supply pressure steam to the processes in the plant from the press, vaults, and to the dryers. The company oversaw the receiving and placement of the boilers, which are some the largest in the Southeast. The boilers were transported on the roadway from West Point.

Jonathan McMillin of McCain Engineering worked as project manager for this project. “These boilers are basically the heartbeat of the plant,” McMillin said. “This was a highly coordinated project with some many persons helping to meet the deadline and get all in place.”

McMillin, a Winston County native, explained it was his familiarity with Winston County and the companies that could help locally that help get the project completed on time.

“Everyone from the city, Parker Electric, Klockner (Temtco Steel), and some many more were instrumental in getting it done,” said McMillin.

With several companies working on site and Winston Plywood personnel making sure to lineup everything, McMillin noted the coordination worked well to keep all on schedule.

“Our employees went above and beyond to complete the project as well as all those we worked with like Century Construction, Yates, Winston Plywood and others,” said McMillin.

When Winston Plywood starts production next March, it will be a state-of-the-art facility. It will focus on the environment, the worker and efficiency. The 300,000-square-foot facility when completed should be able to churn out 400 million feet of plywood every year with the boilers running at full steam.

Read the whole story here: Winston Plywood receives and places boilers | Winston County Journal Winston Plywood on Target for April Start

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — The new Winston Plywood plant remains on track to begin production next spring. And while the company has hired a few specialty positions such as millwrights and electricians, its main employment push won’t come until February and March. That’s when it’ll hire more than 200 workers. Less than 30 people currently work for the company, according to David Morrell, vice president for community relations.  Morrell says machine testing probably will start in March and the first actual production will begin the first week of April. The plant, being built in the wake of last year’s devastating tornado, eventually will employ more than 300 people and represents an investment of more than $100 million on the site of an old Georgia Pacific plant.