Sawmill announces layoffs in Spearfish

By Sarah Pridgeon
The Sundance Times
April 18, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Neiman Enterprises has announced layoffs and production reductions at Spearfish Forest Products, its last remaining facility in South Dakota. The company says the decision is due to a decrease in the timber sale program on the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). …This is the second time in under two years that Neiman Enterprises has announced shift reductions. In July, 2022, the company reduced hours at both of its sawmills, removing a shift in Hulett and reducing hours in Spearfish. That move, too, was attributed to a reduction in timber harvests. A year before, the company closed its mill in Hill City, SD, citing the same reason. …During the process of revising the Black Hills National Forest Management Plan, the United States Forest Service (USFS) determined that change would be needed because the 1997 forest timber plan was not consistent with actual, on-the-ground conditions.

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