Sawmills Announce Layoffs As Industry Declines

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SCOTIA, Calif. (AP) - Two North Coast sawmills are laying off
employees, blaming a sagging economy that continues to depress home
building and remodeling - two sources of demand for lumber.

Humboldt Redwood Co.'s CEO, Richard Higgenbottom, told employees
Thursday that the company is laying off about 30 workers beginning
in February. They are also closing their Scotia fencing operation
and reducing logging by 15 to 30 percent in 2009.

Higgenbottom also has plans to announce reductions at Humboldt
Redwood's sister company, Mendocino Redwood Co.

The California Redwood Co. announced earlier this week that it
would be laying off 21 employees from its Korbel mill.

Lumber mills across the West have been letting workers go,
cutting back on operations or shutting down in recent months to
weather the downturn.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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