Evergreen's sawmill is back on the line and that means 30 new jobs and almost $1.5 million in payroll for the valley. Plum Creek Timber Company reopened the mill on Wednesday.
The sawmill shut down indefinitely in 2009, leaving 63 folks without a job. During that time, Plum Creek officials say they continuously monitored equipment in the mill. In February, the company announced they would reopen after noticing an uptick in the housing industry.
Restaurants and cafes in Evergreen have opened their doors to welcome Plum Creek's new employees, hoping they'll bring a boost to Highway 2.
"I just hope they keep expanding and putting more people to work and helping the whole community," said Brett Cislo of Cislo's Family Restaurant. "It's a big part of the Evergreen community when the higher paying jobs are helping everybody."
"We're really excited about having one of the biggest employers in the valley coming back and offering employment opportunities," said Simply Sweet Serenity Cafe's Carol Lane. "[We] wish them the best of success."
Plum Creek officials tell NBC Montana they'll continue to recruit more workers to fill vacant positions in the company.