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Weyerhaeuser to close particle board plant.

WEYERHAEUSER TO CLOSE PARTICLEBOARD PLANT

One of North America's largest producers and exporters of forest products has announced the closure of its Marshfield, Wis., particleboard plant. The closure, which will mean the loss of 100 jobs, will be final after existing orders are filled.

Mark Tracy, plant manager, stated that the plant was closed due to "tough and very competitive conditions," escalating raw material prices, and the small productive capacity of the plant which opened in 1967. The plant has an annual capacity of 74 million square feet of particleboard.

The company said it would be negotiating with Local 696 of the United Paperworkers International Union regarding a severance agreement. "We regret the need to make this decision," Tracy said "it did not come easily. But it is a final decision."

The closure will not affect the SteamThrough door-core and architectural door plants also located in Marshfield, the company said.
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Title Annotation:Weyerhaeuser Co. closes its Marshfield, Wisconsin particle board factory
Author:Adams, Larry
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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