- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - The Weyerhaeuser Company is closing the doors on its lumber and plywood mills in Columbia Falls, which will result in more than 70 workers losing their jobs.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/2bbX0Qb ) that Weyerhaeuser representative Tom Ray says production will cease Aug. 19.

Weyerhaeuser’s medium-density fiberboard plant in Columbia Falls and its two mills in Evergreen will continue to operate.

Ray says 146 employees from Columbia Falls will be reassigned to the Evergreen mills, while 72 mill workers will be laid off. Another 100 administrative employees will also lose their jobs when their duties are moved to Washington later this year.

The closure comes nearly two months after the Seattle-based timber and paper products company announced it was closing two mills in the Flathead Valley.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com


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