OMAK, Wash. (AP) - A plywood and veneer mill in north-central Washington is closing early next year, affecting about 175 workers.
The owner, the Colville Tribal Federal Corp., says it is closing Omak Wood Products, citing factors including losing a major customer, the wildfires and falling plywood prices.
KPQ-AM reports that (http://goo.gl/gaEsFK) Colville tribal spokesman Jim Boyd says the closure will have a big impact on the community. He says the tribe is looking at ways to keep the operation open.
Following a previous shutdown, the mill in Omak reopened in 2013 under an agreement between the tribal group and New Wood Resources, a Shelton-based company that is a unit of Connecticut-based Atlas Holdings LLC.
The plant manufactures softwood veneer for Northwest markets and Douglas fir plywood for industrial and other applications.
Information from: KPQ-AM, http://www.kpq.com/
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