Layoffs, Extended Shutdowns Planned

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), December 12, 2008 | Go to article overview

Layoffs, Extended Shutdowns Planned


Byline: Sherri Buri McDonald The Register-Guard

The protracted national housing slump and weak economy are prompting more layoffs and extended holiday shutdowns in the local wood products industry.

On Monday, Swanson Group, which is based in Glendale, near Grants Pass, will lay off a total of about 200 employees at numerous operations, president Steve Swanson said.

The biggest cut will be at Swanson's Springfield plywood mill, where 85 of the mill's 199 workers will be let go temporarily while improvements are made to the facility, he said. The upgrade is expected to be completed in May, Swanson said.

The company will lay off 46 workers at its sawmill and plywood plants in Glendale; 30 workers at its Roseburg sawmill; 26 workers at its Noti sawmill; nine workers at its trucking operation in Grants Pass and five workers in administration and sales at its Grants Pass office.

Swanson also will shut down virtually all of its operations for three weeks for the winter holidays (starting Dec. 15), instead of the usual two weeks, Swanson said.

"We're doing the very best we can to maintain jobs for as many people as possible," he said. "These are just unfortunately very, very tough times, and the decisions are hard to make. …

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