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Interfor laying off 130 workers at Gilchrist sawmill

By Barney Lerten
May 21, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

GILCHRIST, Oregon – Vancouver, B.C.-based Interfor will lay off 130 of its 150 Gilchrist mill workers, starting late next month, the company confirmed Thursday. “Due to a challenging economic situation, coupled with the difficulties of COVID-19, Interfor is planning to curtail its Gilchrist Division and lay off approximately 130 employees,” Andrew Horahan, VP for Western Operations. “Layoffs will begin in late June,” Horahan added. “Though there is no recall date at this time, we will be reviewing conditions on an ongoing basis.” …The northern Klamath County sawmill, one of two Interfor operates in Oregon, produces high-value lumber with a focus on one-inch Ponderosa pine boards, Horahan said in a news report last year, adding the Gilchrist mill produces 75 million board feet per year.

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