MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Weyerhaeuser says it will permanently close its lumber and plywood mill in Columbia Falls this summer, putting about 100 people out of work.
The Missoulian reports Wednesday’s announcement comes four months after Weyerhaeuser merged with Plum Creek Timber Co.
Weyerhaeuser will continue to operate three Montana mills — a medium-density fiberboard mill in Columbia Falls, a lumber mill in Kalispell and a plywood mill in Kalispell.
Tom Ray, a resources team leader with Weyerhaeuser, says extra shifts will be added to both Kalispell mills, and all 130 new positions will be filled by employees who currently work at the soon-to-be-shuttered Columbia Falls facility.
The Columbia Falls mill employs 230 people, leaving a net loss of 100 jobs.
Ray says a “chronic log supply shortage” meant it made economic sense for Weyerhaeuser to consolidate.