West Fraser closing Maxville sawmill, eliminating 79 jobs

By Karen Brune Mathis
The Jacksonville Daily Record
January 11, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

West Fraser notified the state Jan. 9 it will shut down and clean up its Maxville sawmill plant, eliminating 79 jobs. The termination date is March 19 but the effective closure is Jan. 19. West Fraser notified the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity through a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice. West Fraser said the employees were provided 60 days’ notice of the date of termination and that the closure is permanent. It said it will shut down and clean up the site over the next two months “due to business justifications.”…“High fiber costs at Maxville and the current low-price commodity environment have impaired the ability of both mills to profitably operate. The closure of Maxville and the indefinite curtailment of the Huttig sawmill better aligns our U.S. lumber capacity with demand,” said the West Fraser news release on its website.

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