Montana mill suspends operations
Plum Creek Timber has suspended operations at its finger-joint stud manufacturing facility in Kalispell, Mont., according to the Flathead (Montana) Beacon.
The plant, which produced specialty wood products for new residential construction, employs around 24 people.
In a statement from the company, Hank Ricklefs, vp-Northern Resources and Manufacturing, said, “Market prices are depressed and don’t currently cover the costs of production. We reduced shifts in January, hoping to avoid a production stop, but unfortunately the market has not changed.”
According to the newspaper, Plum Creek earlier this month laid off workers at a Columbia Falls, Mont., mill, while nearby Tricon Timber laid off 40 individuals at a St. Regis, Mont., facility.
Home builder sentenced to 90 days
Brian Brady, president of Utah-based Cobalt Homes, has been sentenced to 90 days in a case of subcontractor and homeowner fraud, according to local news reports.
Brady was sentenced by a Salt Lake County third district court judge to 90 days, with a fine of more than $300,000 for defrauding homeowners. He also will serve six years probation after pleading guilty to four third-degree felony counts of communications fraud.
Brady was charged after failing to fulfill promises to homeowners to pay liens that had been placed against them from subcontractors that did work for Cobalt. The builder developed resort areas in and around the city of Draper, Utah.
According to Utah court records, Brady filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in July 2008.
Additionally, an office manager for Cobalt homes named Melissa Brunner earlier pleaded guilty to four Class A misdemeanor charges of attempted communications fraud. Her sentence was suspended, but she was ordered to pay a fine of around $130,000 in the matter.
Workshops set for “mislabeled” building materials
The Lumber Association of California and Nevada (LACN) will hold a series of workshops in September and October on “Testing Lumber and Building Materials.” Held in cooperation with the Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Measurement Standards, the sessions will explore California’s stepped-up inspections of lumberyards for “mislabeled” products, resulting in citations, fines and red-tagging (removing from for-sale inventory). Criteria include panel sizes and thickness.
The workshops will also address how the measurement standards affect LBM manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors.
Workshops run through mid-October and will be held in Rancho Cordova, Redding, Santa Clara, Riverside, Burbank and San Diego. They are open to both LACN member and non-members. For more information on dates and times, visit www.lumberassociation.org.