Boise Cascade planning increase
Boise Cascade has plans to increase production and bring 70 full-time jobs to Union County over the next six months.
The company announced Monday that the particleboard plant in Island City will change from a 5-day to a 7-day operation in early December. The La Grande mill, known as Mount Emily Lumber, will expand its small-log process and transition to a full, single-shift operation.
“An improving outlook for log supply is allowing us to move forward with this expansion,” said Boise’s Regional Manager Tom Insko. “Increasing our small-long processing capacity is aligned with the near-term log supply coming from restoration work associated with forest fires experienced in the area during summer. This also matches longer-term expectations for sawlog outputs from forest health improvement projects on our local federal forests.”
Insko also noted a more balanced approach to forest management at both the state and federal levels.
“As we work with the Forest Service and stakeholders on developing landscape scale solutions, we want to ensure our operations are positioned to contribute positively to the process of improving forest health,” Insko said.
Human Resources Manager Steve Lyon said they have been staffing up the particleboard plant preparing for the expansion.
“We are now looking for the right 40 people to add to the team at Mount Emily Lumber,” he said.
The other additional hires will be added at the particleboard plant, though much of that staffing is complete.
“We are adding a few positions at Elgin, but they are not related to the increased production at Mount Emily,” Lyon said.
Boise Cascade will hire skilled labor positions first. Many of those jobs will be posted online at www.bc.com/careers this week, Lyon said.
Union County Commissioner Mark Davidson called the Boise Cascade expansion a step in the right direction and said he would continue to promote forest health and economic stability.
“Our job now is to ensure we continue to lobby our state and federal legislators for policies that benefit our communities, our local economies and our local forests,” he said.