Quake benefits Oregon

Damaged Chilean sawmills and plywood plants provide an unexpected boost to the state’s timber companies.

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Earthquake damage to Chilean sawmills and plywood plants is providing an unexpected rise in demand for Oregon lumber.

To fill the gap of products normally produced by Chilean companies, hiring has increased at Oregon companies.

And, in addition to increased demand for Oregon plywood, prices for sanded plywood have risen about 20 percent, according to Swanson Group President Steve Swanson. The Swanson Group is a sawmill and plywood manufacturer with headquarters in Glendale and plants in Glendale, Springfield, Noti and Roseburg.

People in Oregon’s industry said that no one is rejoicing at what Swanson called “a sad situation” in Chile, but they are grateful for the additional work and the higher prices.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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