- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Simpson Lumber Co. says it has hired a consultant to explore a sale.

The privately owned Tacoma-based business has mills in Tacoma, Longview and Shelton in Washington as well as operations in Georgetown, South Carolina, and Meldrim, Georgia. The company has 800 employees nationwide.

The News Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1uED8U3 ) the sale would not include the Simpson Door Co., which has a factory in McCleary.

In March, Simpson sold its Tacoma kraft paper mill to RockTenn of Norcross, Georgia, for $343 million. As part of that deal, RockTenn signed a seven-year contract for wood chips with Simpson Lumber.

Simpson Lumber was founded in Matlock in 1890. Its timberlands were spun off in 2006 in a separate company, Green Diamond Resources.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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