Weyerhaeuser to Shut Sections of Two Plywood Mills
Oct. 2, 2007 - Weyerhaeuser Company yesterday said it will convert its Dodson, Louisiana plywood operation to a 100 percent veneer manufacturing operation, effective Oct. 26, 2007. The company will also stop veneer production at its Colbert, Georgia mill within the next 30 days. The Colbert site will continue manufacturing Parallam® using veneer supply from Dodson and other Weyerhaeuser veneer operations beginning Nov. 1.
About 70 employees at Colbert and less than 50 at the Dodson site will be affected by the operational changes.
"Today's announcement is part of the ongoing effort to strengthen Weyerhaeuser's residential wood products portfolio," said Cathy Slater, vice president of Veneer Technologies. "There's a shrinking demand for plywood and an increasing availability of alternative products. We made the decision after a thorough review of short-term and long-term demand for our plywood panels and to further integrate dry veneer into our engineered lumber products."
SOURCE: Weyerhaeuser Company