Weyerhaeuser Shutting Parts Of Two Mills

Move is part of the forest product company's ongoing strategic review; 120 workers to be laid off.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Weyerhaeuser Co. said it will close parts of two mills over the next month and lay off about 120 workers as part of the forest product company's ongoing strategic review.
The company said late Monday it will convert its Dodson, La., plywood operation to a 100 percent veneer manufacturing operation effective Oct. 26, affecting less than 50 employees.
The company also will stop veneer production at its Colbert, Ga., mill within the next 30 days and lay off about 70 employees there. The Colbert site will continue to make Parallam beams using veneer supply from Dodson and other Weyerhaeuser veneer operations beginning Nov. 1.
''There's a shrinking demand for plywood and an increasing availability of alternative products,'' Cathy Slater, vice president of Veneer Technologies, said in a statement. ''We made the decision after a thorough review of short-term and long-term demand for our plywood panels and to further integrate dry veneer into our engineered lumber products.''
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