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Wood Products Industry Making A Comeback?
The Great Recession has been hard on Oregon's wood products industries, and construction of single-family homes remains sluggish.
But industry observers tell The Oregonian there are signs of a slow comeback: Wood products are increasingly used in multifamily projects and multistory commercial buildings,
Northwest mills are seeking new markets in Europe and Asia, and raw
log exports to Asia have slowed. That makes more timber available
to domestic mills.
The Oregonian reports that the optimism is showing up at the
Boise Cascade veneer plant at Willamina (wil-luh-MEYE-nuh) in the
Coast Range southwest of McMinnville.
In the past year, the mill has, rather than letting the
positions go dark, replaced six workers who retired. It has even
hired for two new jobs.