Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) announced on August 25, 2021 that it will shut down its particleboard plant in Dillard, Ore. The plant has been in operation since 1965, and will continue running as the plant prepares for shut down in the next 60 days.
The move to close was part of a restructuring within the company. It comes after an announcement by RFP of a multi-million dollar investment in new technology at its other Western manufacturing facilities.
“The decision to stop production at a facility is never easy, and these transitions have significant impact on the people involved,” Roseburg senior vice president of operations Jake Elston says. “We have already begun working with our current team members on this upcoming transition to identify other opportunities within the organization.”
According to news reports, RFP will offer the 179 employees opportunities at other Oregon facilities after the plant is shuttered—with the goal to offer uninterrupted local employment to as many team members as possible. The company moved its corporate headquarters from Dillard to Springfield, Ore. in 2016, but RFP still operates sawmill and plywood plants in Dillard, as well as a regional administrative office and a truck shop, plus a wood-to-energy plant. RFP also operates plywood and engineered wood plants in Riddle.
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