Hot Springs, Ark., January 24, 2001 — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced changes at its Arkansas and Oklahoma wood products facilities that will help the company better match its manufacturing facilities with the maturing pine raw material it has been growing commercially for the past 30 years.
The changes will provide better customer service, improve efficiency and capture new market opportunities by focusing the company's wood products complexes on specific product lines. The company said these changes will be completed by mid-year 2001:
* At Mountain Pine, Ark., the mill will focus on plywood manufacture. The millwork operation will close, and the chip-and-saw mill will be reduced to one shift.
* At Dierks, Ark., the mill will focus on producing lumber and veneer, and plywood manufacturing will be closed. The veneer will be shipped to Mountain Pine and Wright City, to be made into plywood there.
* At Wright City, Okla., the mill will continue to make both lumber and plywood, and will use veneer produced at Dierks. It will be reorganized along business lines, and the company logging operation and one shift of veneer production will be shut down.
* All locations will realign the services that support manufacturing operations, so that they will balance with the new focus of the mills.
Across the three locations, these changes will eliminate some 300 hourly and salaried jobs. The company will work with the International Association of Machinists to mitigate the effects of the reconfiguration. The company will also work with appropriate state agencies to help affected employees find new jobs.
Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. It has offices or operations in 15 countries, with customers worldwide.
In Arkansas, Weyerhaeuser owns and manages 730,000 acres of forestland, and a seedling nursery that grows more than 55 million pine and hardwood tree seedlings a year. The company operates two pine wood products manufacturing facilities, three containerboard packaging plants, a hardwood sawmill, a pressure-treating plant that makes utility poles, and a common-carrier railroad subsidiary. Its Hot Springs office is the headquarters for two of Weyerhaeuser’s core businesses, and includes a wood products sales and marketing center.
In Southeast Oklahoma, the company manages 510,000 acres of commercial forestland, and operates facilities that manufacture lumber, plywood and the natural brown paper used to make corrugated cartons. In Oklahoma City, it also operates a paper recycling center and a building products distribution center.
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