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Plum Creek reopening Evergreen sawmill, 30 jobs

By Rebecca Vogt, KCFW Reporter, rvogt@kcfw.com
Published On: Feb 27 2013 01:47:19 PM MST
Updated On: Feb 27 2013 04:32:22 PM MST
PLUM CREEK
EVERGREEN, Mont. -

The Plum Creek Timber Co. says it plans to restart production at its Evergreen sawmill in early April. The sawmill shut down indefinitely 3.5 years ago after Plum Creek noticed a lack of demand for stud lumber products.

Vice President Tom Ray said Plum Creek has added back about 60 jobs over the last 12 months, and says he's happy to help out a valley that has deep roots in the logging and lumber industry.

"We started to look at the mill itself and just go through the machinery and see if the machines were still in a state that would allow us to operate the mill," said Ray. 
"So over the last month, we've done a lot of due diligence looking at the mill and different machinery and everything says go!"
   
Ray says other positions will be filled by people transferring from other company manufacturing plants. The company also is recruiting to replace several open positions.
    
The sawmill had 63 employees when it shut down in 2009.