Workers to head back to Evergreen sawmill after a nearly 4 year shutdown

Plum Creek closed its Evergreen Sawmill in June 2009. It plans to restart production in early April.

Plum Creek closed its Evergreen Sawmill in June 2009. It plans to restart production in early April.

Plum Creek credits a rising market for new homes for its decision to

reopen its Evergreen Sawmill. Maintenance workers have been changing light bulbs, greasing bearings, and tuning up the facility to reopen it after it closed in June 2009.

“Over the last two years we’ve seen the housing starts bounce back up. They’re not close to where they were on the top end; 2006, 2007, but certainly much healthier than they were in 2009 when we closed,” Ray said they’ll be running one shift which means 30 jobs. He said when they closed they were running shifts and 66 people.

The Evergreen Sawmill makes 2x4s and 2x6s mostly used for new construction.  Ray said starting pay is $15.50 with full benefits. He said they let some people go, and reallocated other employees when they shuttered the Sawmill in 2009. They’ll be bringing some people back to their old jobs, and hiring new workers. Ray said they hope to be up and running April 1st.

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