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Plum Creek to reopen Montana Mill

BY Ken Clark

Plum Creek Timber Co. will reopen a sawmill in Evergreen, Mont., according to a report in the Montana Standard. 

The facility closed back in 2009. The news outlet quoted Plum Creek VP Tom Ray, who said steady improvement in the U.S. housing market caused the reopening. 

The mill comes back on line in early April, according to the report.

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Congressman to join dealers in D.C.

BY Ken Clark

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced that Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) will be a featured speaker during the Washington Briefing breakfast at the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference. 

The event will be held March 18-20 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Va.

Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished military career of more than 26 years. He cofounded Johnson-Schley Management Group, an information technology (IT) consulting company. From 2006 through 2010, Johnson served as chief information officer of a global manufacturer of highly engineered electronic components for the transportation industry headquartered in Northeast Ohio. Johnson was reelected to a second term this past November and now serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee.


The conference will also include a special-ticketed event featuring Bill Kristol, who will speak during the March 18 NLBMDA LuDPAC fundraising luncheon. Kristol is the editor of the influential Washington-based political magazine, The Weekly Standard. He is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading political analysts and commentators and regularly appears on FOX News Sunday and FOX News Channel.

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Obituary: Grant Benson Jr., of Benson Lumber

BY Ken Clark

Grant G. Benson Jr. of Derry, N.H., died Saturday. He was 84 years old and owner of Benson’s Lumber and Hardware in Derry.

Mr. Benson served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict and was an active leader in the Derry community.

in 1965 he received the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. He served on the board of directors for retail promotion for Cotter and Co. from 1973 to 1975.

Benson Lumber was founded in 1913 by George Washington Benson. Today it includes two hardware/lumber yards, a ski shop and a garden center.

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