Mapleton sawmill will shut down.Byline: Diane Dietz The Register-Guard
MAPLETON - The last remaining Mapleton-area sawmill sawmill, installation or facility in which cut logs are sawed into standard-sized boards and timbers. The saws used in such an installation are generally of three types: the circular saw, which consists of a disk with teeth around its edge; the band saw, which will close this spring rather than change the way it floats logs in the Siuslaw River The Siuslaw River (pronounced sigh YOU slaw) is a river, approximately 110 mi (177 km) long, along the Pacific coast of Oregon in the United States. It drains an area of approximately 4560 sq mi (11900 km²) in the Central Oregon Coast Range southwest of the Willamette to suit environmental regulators.
The closure of the Davidson Industries mill means that the unincorporated Adj. 1. unincorporated - not organized and maintained as a legal corporation
unorganised, unorganized - not having or belonging to a structured whole; "unorganized territories lack a formal government" community will lose 60-plus jobs as well as a family-owned firm that was generous to schools.
Fears of Davidson's closure have been alive for years in Mapleton, 15 miles upriver from Florence. Still, the Davidson family kept the mill - the community's largest employer - going on a reduced schedule and took weeks-long breaks, including over the past Christmas holiday.
But on Monday, the family distributed a memo to workers saying the doors would close in March or April - or at least no later than June 1.
"It's a pretty darn painful experience," said Philip Davidson Philip "Red Phil" Davidson was a New York criminal responsible for the murder of gang leader "Big" Jack Zelig, although at the time of his arrest police were unable to find a police record. , heir to the nearly 50-year-old business. "We all work here."
The company blamed the closure on costly fixes required by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
At issue is the company's practice of dropping its logs into the Siuslaw River, storing some in the river, and then using a tug boat to float them three miles down river to its mill.
Floating logs is a primal practice in forestry - giving birth to the vanishing art of log rolling A legislative practice of embracing in one bill several distinct matters, none of which, perhaps, could singly obtain the assent of the legislature, and then procuring its passage by a combination of the minorities in favor of each of the measures into a majority that will adopt them . Fifty years ago, "logs in the water were not a novelty," said Paul Ehinger, a wood products analyst based in Eugene.
Most companies found trucking is easier and more efficient, Ehinger said. But not Davidson. "They historically ran with their inventory in the river and that's the way the company was put together. They always had logs in the river," he said.
In 1979, the state's Environmental Quality Commission ruled that companies that wanted to keep handling logs in the state's rivers would have to get a permit under the federal Clean Water Act.
Dropping or shoving logs into the river stirs up the water. Also, the floating logs bump together and their bark falls into the river bed, covering fish spawning grounds, said Bill Perry Bill Perry may refer to:
Abbreviation for the Incoterm "Delivered Ex Quay." environmental specialist.
Twenty years TWENTY YEARS. The lapse of twenty years raises a presumption of certain facts, and after such a time, the party against whom the presumption has been raised, will be required to prove a negative to establish his rights.
2. after the requirement took effect, the agency noticed the Davidson mill had not obtained a permit - and told the company it would have to comply. The company responded that the disruption would force it to shut down.
The agency and Davidson worked out an agreement that allowed the mill to continue operating, with the stipulation An agreement between attorneys that concerns business before a court and is designed to simplify or shorten litigation and save costs.
During the course of a civil lawsuit, criminal proceeding, or any other type of litigation, the opposing attorneys may come to an agreement that by June 2004, Davidson would install an "easy let down" device for placing logs in the water, establish a way to bundle the logs so they didn't bump into each other, and hire a diver diver, general term used to refer to many diving birds, e.g., the loon, the grebe, and some ducks, auks, and penguins. to survey the extent of bark accumulation on the river bed and draft a plan to clean it up.
In exchange, the agency waived all penalties for noncompliance noncompliance
failure of the owner to follow instructions, particularly in administering medication as prescribed; a cause of a less than expected response to treatment.
Perry said he had no estimate of how much the work would cost the company. He said a standard crane might have been able to put the logs in the water. "It's not exotic, but it's definitely a capital expenditure," he said.
Last November, the company asked the agency for a four-month extension to take advantage of the 2004 summer's harvest season and to celebrate the mill's 50th year of existence on Sept. 1.
"This obviously would be a milestone for us to commemorate," Don-Lee Davidson wrote to the agency, adding: "You have to do what you have to do!!"
Davidson did not notify the DEQ that it would close early, Perry said. The agency was processing the company's extension request. "I believe it would have been approved," he said.
Ehinger, the analyst, said an accumulation of factors probably led to the closure, with the permit problem being the coup de grace coup de grâce
n. pl. coups de grâce
1. A deathblow delivered to end the misery of a mortally wounded victim.
2. A finishing stroke or decisive event. .
"The Davidson family had a loyalty to the people up there that surpassed, sometimes, good common economic sense," he said. "But they wanted to keep the people working, especially the old-timers. It's the kind of loyalty you don't see too much anymore."
Now the Mapleton School District, with 53 employees, will be the area's largest employer.
The handful of surviving businesses - a gas station, market and cafe - have all survived mill closures and live off the highway trade, especially in the summer time.
Only a few mill workers ate at the Gingerbread gingerbread
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Mill workers spend a few dollars at Woodall's Super Service station so they can make it to Florence to get a less-expensive tankful, said Woodall's manager Laura Losacco.
She survives on summer tourists, but doesn't earn enough to hire help, so she works seven days a week. "The station here in the last year has been very slow," she said. "We've had record lows this year. I haven't had a customer for an hour. We'll be a ghost town ghost town, term for any once flourishing American community that has been abandoned, generally for economic reasons. While most of the towns have little or no population, they often contain old buildings, which may serve as tourist attractions. , maybe."
At the Mapleton Area Family Services, coordinator Annie Savage has already noticed an increased demand for food boxes and gas vouchers. Some employees must have believed the closure was coming, she said.
The news was no surprise to Mapleton old timers. Closures were common for a couple decades as firms such as Champion International and Murphy Lumber closed their plants.
"Hardly anybody is deluded into thinking they can work in the woods anymore," Savage said. "People are thinking more along the lines of when is the casino going to get here?"