Washington County sawmill will close indefinitely, eliminating 58 jobs

By Mike Rogoway
The Oregonian
January 9, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

OREGON — A sawmill in Banks that closed in October will remain shuttered indefinitely, according to its owner, Hampton Lumber. Banks, is about 25 miles west of Portland, has had a lumber mill since 1961. Hampton acquired the facility in 2016 and said 58 people worked at the site until it closed last fall. Hampton said it will continue operating three other northwest Oregon sawmills in Willamina, Tillamook and Warrenton, which employ 600 altogether. Hampton said the Banks mill relies on lumber from nearby state forests and said a Habitat Conservation Plan under consideration by the Oregon Board of Forestry could reduce the size of harvests on state forests. …Michael Lang, program manager with the Wild Salmon Center, said he’s skeptical there’s any tie. …“There’s a large, private timberland holding that companies like Hampton will continue to rely on,” Lang said.

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