Business, government leaders seek new buyer to save one of western Montana’s sawmills

By Austin Amestoy
Montana Public Radio
April 6, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

More than 30 business leaders and government officials met in Missoula Friday to discuss ways to keep western Montana’s wood products industry afloat after two sawmills announced closures last month. There are potential buyers for one of the mills. Pyramid Mountain Lumber in Seeley Lake and Roseburg Forest Products in Missoula have both said they would soon shut down. But, following Friday’s meeting discussing the closures, local economic leaders said they’re optimistic one of the plants might stay open. Grant Kier leads the Missoula Economic Partnership and helped organize the meeting. He said representatives from potential buyers interested in purchasing Pyramid Mountain Lumber were in attendance. …Missoula County Commissioner Josh Slotnick told MTPR the federal government floated the idea of helping buyers secure $40 to $60 million in financing to modernize the sawmill.

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