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Weyerhaeuser finds buyer for Oregon plywood mill

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Pacific States Industries of San Jose, Calif., signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire Weyerhaeuser‘s plywood mill in Springfield, Ore.

The Springfield facility has been closed since December 2006. At that time, it employed 87 people and had the capacity to produce 114,000 million square feet of plywood annually.

Operating through its Redwood Empire division, Pacific States Industries operates two sawmills in Northern California. The company also owns Bald Knob Veneer in Creswell, Ore.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Weyerhaeuser and anticipate that the transaction will close in 30 to 45 days,” said Austin Vanderhoof, executive vp of Pacific States Industries, in a prepared statement.  “The plywood operations at Springfield will complement our existing production of veneer in Creswell Oregon.”

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Tembec cuts production at Ontario sawmill

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Tembec, the Montreal-based international lumber producer, will take downtime at its Huntsville, Ontario, hardwood sawmill effective today.

The sawmill will be restarted on a one-shift basis July 16, with the second shift continuing to be idle for an indefinite period, the company said.

“This one-week shutdown and the subsequent indefinite shutdown of the second shift are due to a combination of factors, including overall market conditions for hardwood lumber, economic sawlog availability and the high value of the Canadian dollar,” said Dennis Rounsville, executive vp and president of Tembec’s Forest Products Group.

Tembec has yearly sales of about $3.5 billion, with approximately 9,000 employees worldwide.

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Do it Best names new retail development vp

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Do it Best Corp. has named Jay Brown to the post of vp-retail development.

Brown formerly served as vp-merchandising at the co-op, where he helped open two global buying offices in Asia. He also helped bring such programs to the co-op’s biannual markets, including the “Friday Night Sneak Peek” and “Power Tool University.”

Previously, Brown was senior general manager for paint manufacturer Valspar.

“Jay was instrumental in creating merchandising programs and services that helped our member-owners become more successful,” said Bob Taylor, Do it Best’s president and CEO.  “He has done an outstanding job as vice president of merchandising and we know he will bring that same energy and enthusiasm to his new role with our field staff.”

Ft. Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best serves approximately 4,100 member-owners in the United States and 45 foreign countries.

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