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Chinese-owned lumber company expanding Charlotte headquarters

A Chinese-owned hardwood lumber company will expand its headquarters in Charlotte, adding 30 jobs, the Charlotte Chamber announced Tuesday.

Tides and Times Group USA Inc. owns a number of sawmills and lumber-drying installations in the U.S., and exports hardwood lumber to Asia. It now has five employees in its headquarters office in south Charlotte off Sardis Road North.

The new jobs will mostly be in management positions, said Eileen Cai, the Chamber’s vice president for economic and Asian development. That includes accounting, finance, distribution and operations.

Tuesday’s announcement adds to the roughly 200 jobs Tides and Times Group has created over the past four years as it bought, renovated and re-opened seven sawmills and drying kilns in the Carolinas and Virginia. More than two-thirds were in North Carolina.

Tides and Times Group is a large supplier of oak flooring in the U.S. and of hardwood lumber in China and Vietnam.

The company’s expansion marks the second time this month the Chamber has had announcement about a Chinese-owned firm’s headquarters in Charlotte. Two weeks ago, Masterwork USA Inc., a print finishing equipment manufacturer, said it would put its U.S. headquarters in the city, creating 30 jobs over five years.

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