The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, March 19 identified the wood products industry as an “essential critical infrastructure workforce” in the nation’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“This designation underscores the critical role that our more than 3,500 team members play in producing high-quality wood products to aid in the construction of affordable housing, emergency shelters, and healthcare facilities across North America,” Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery says. “Our industry will continue to support the supply chain of materials critical to response and recovery efforts.”
The guidance lists “workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper and other wood products,” along with healthcare providers, law enforcement and public safety, and utility and transportation workers. These workers are part of the “overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure” during the pandemic response.
Roseburg and numerous other wood products operations have said they continue to operate manufacturing facilities and have virus-response protocols in place at their locations. They’ve also implemented increased, strategic cleaning at their sites.
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