Mary’s River Lumber Co. to close Philomath, Corvallis plants

The 42-year-old Benton County lumber company will continue limited operations until summer.

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The closure came on Monday because of difficulties in finding suitable cedar logs, primarily due to harvest restrictions in public forests, said Brad Kirkbride, Mary’s River Lumber Co. president.

“It’s a sad moment, but there comes a point where with this extreme shortage of logs, you just don’t see a future,” he added. “We fought this thing for a long time trying to keep the business open. This is a situation where it isn’t going to get any better. It’s been rough.”

(READ MORE: Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Despite regional timber-related closures, the Federal Economic Development Administration recently gave Oregon State University a grant of about $450,000 to bring mass timber production, such as cross-laminated timber, back into the market.

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