Tag Archives: Wood Products

Timber interests propose three pro-logging ballot measures

A group of retired foresters backed by the timber industry filed three initiative petitions this week looking to counter what they say are “radical anti-forestry ballot initiatives being pursued by environmental extremists.” Source: Timber interests propose three pro-logging ballot measures – oregonlive.com

For timber, a steady decline in jobs

Even amid the economic recovery from the Great Recession, Clatsop County’s timber industry has declined. Source: For timber, a steady decline in jobs

U.S. plywood manufacturers claim false labeling of Brazilian producers

Claim is that structural plywood panels produced in Brazil are being fraudulently certified and stamped as compliant despite not meeting requirements. t is clear to U.S. panel manufacturers that there was a concerted effort to defraud American consumers by misrepresenting imported panels as equivalent to domestic panels. Freres Lumber Co. has joined nine other U.S. […]
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Wood treatment plant in west Eugene agrees to more cleanup

State regulators have finalized the cleanup plan for a wood treatment business in west Eugene.JH Baxter & Co. has agreed to take numerous additional steps to reduce the health risk stemming from soil and groundwater contamination at its 31-acre site on Roosevelt Boulevard. The company has treated wood at the site with toxic chemicals since […]
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DEQ announces cleanup plan for J.H. Baxter plant in Eugene

The announcement comes after some Eugene residents reported a mysterious odor earlier this month that Lane Regional Air Protection Agency officials said was traced back to the wood treatment plant. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has finalized a cleanup plan for contamination at the J.H. Baxter & Co. wood treatment plant in Eugene. State […]
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Oregon Business – Wood’s Back in Fashion

A trio of textile businesses woos outdoor-apparel brands with a new clothing line made from recycled wood. Sponsors of a new textile trade show, the Functional Fabric Fair, which opened for the first time in Portland this week, were excited to showcase their state-of-the-art performance gear in the heart of the outdoor-apparel sector. Source: Oregon […]
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OSU unveils wood products lab

Normally, German-built Kuka industrial robots are used for precision machining, high-speed assembly or other automated manufacturing tasks. On Thursday, however, Oregon State University employed one of the $300,000 machines for a more mundane purpose: cutting the cake at the grand opening of the new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. Source: OSU unveils wood […]
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Oregon Insight: wood products’ decline was steep – but it remains vital in rural counties

Oregon’s wood products manufacturing sector has shed more than half its workforce since 1990, but an analysis by the Oregon Employment Department finds it still plays an essential economic role in several rural communities. Regional state labor economist Brian Rooney found the number of Oregon forest products jobs plunged from 46,100 in 1990 to just […]
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Oregon’s Wood Product Manufacturing Industry Is Still Important, Especially in Rural Areas

Once Oregon’s largest manufacturing industry, employment in the wood product manufacturing industry has gone through large, well-publicized losses since the early 1990s, with its employment dropping below computer and electronic manufacturing and food manufacturing. Despite the losses, wood product manufacturing is still a large industry in Oregon and is especially important to rural areas of […]
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What Replaces Timber?

Between the mill closure in Coos Bay, downsizing in Forest Grove, and the lively cap and trade discussions, there has been a renewed interest and focus on the timber industry in Oregon. Our office has fielded nearly a dozen requests recently to speak about the industry, historical changes and the outlook. As such, I have […]
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