Jan 26, 2016 1:44 PM by News Staff
Anderson-based Sierra Pacific Industries announced Monday that the company will close its sawmill located in Arcata.
The company decided to shut down the mill due to lack of suitable timber available for harvest and an increase of regulatory burden on the company, said Mike Pawlicki, Sierra Pacific’s spokesman.
“Flat home construction in the United States and increased lumber imports from Canada played a role in our decision to close the mill,” Pawlicki said in a statement.
Pawlicki said the Arcata mill will continue to process incoming lumber through March 25 then stop accepting incoming lumber. After that, the mill will process the remainder through the end of April and then close completely.
Pawlicki said the closure will affect approximately 120 employees. Arcata employees are being offered opportunities at other plants throughout the state and in Washington. He went on to say the company is offering relocation stipends of up to $2000 to ease the transition of employees who want to stay with the company.
Sierra Pacific Chairman and President A.A. Emmerson said the closure affected him and his family deeply.
“This is a particularly sad day for Sierra Pacific and for my family,” he said. “Our company started in the Arcata area when my father and I leased our first mill there in 1949 near Jacoby Creek.”
Pawlicki said the company has 13 other sawmills operating in California and Washington. The company broke ground on a new mill in Washington in January.
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