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08/26/2021

Roseburg makes manufacturing moves

The company is closing its Dillard, Ore. particleboard plant as it plans to invest millions in new tech.
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Roseburg announced that it plans to make a multi-million dollar investment in new technology at its western manufacturing operations.

The Springfield, Ore.-based forest products company said the move is a result of an extensive analysis of strategic business opportunities in the west. 

As part of the restructuring, the company will close its particleboard plant in Dillard, Ore., and offer current team members employment opportunities elsewhere in the organization.

The closure will impact179 current team members at the company’s Dillard Composites plant, which has operated since 1965, Roseburg said.

Some machine centers will continue to operate for up to 60 days.

“The decision to stop production at a facility is never easy, and these transitions have a significant impact on the people involved,” Roseburg Senior Vice President of Operations Jake Elston said. “We have already begun working with our current team members on this upcoming transition to identify other opportunities within the organization.”

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Particleboard made by Roseburg.

According to Roseburg, the company undertook an extensive study of strategic investment opportunities to enhance its integrated business model in the west.

“The analysis led to the decision to close Dillard Composites and look toward the investment, growth, and continued modernization of our western integrated business model,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery said. “The coming investment in automated technology will create a more competitive business and allow us to maintain a robust, long-term presence in Douglas County, the state, and the industry as a whole.”

The company said that it will continue to manufacture particleboard at its plants in Missoula, Mont.; Simsboro, La.; and Taylorsville, Miss.