Warrenton mill reopens


The Warrenton Lumber mill is set to reopen in June, bringing back jobs the area had lost during the downturn.

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The Warrenton Lumber mill is set to reopen in June, bringing back jobs that the area lost when the mill previously shut down.

The mill is getting $25 million worth of refurbishments.

A single shift should be started up in May or June, Mayor Mark Kujala added, giving a “huge boost” to the workforce in the area. More jobs are expected to follow when additional shifts are added.

The lumber mill was sold by Weyerhaeuser to Portland-based Hampton Affiliates in December 2009. The company closed the mill the following month. Some 140 jobs were lost – those of 94 employees who were working and 46 who had been laid off the previous March.

Read more at the Daily Astorian.

And check out recent Oregon Business coverage of a mill reopening in Rogue River and a new mill in John Day.

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