COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) – Georgia-Pacific Wood Products has informed employees of its Coos Bay sawmill that it will shut down facilities and fire the 111 workers on the site.
Oregonian / OregonLive reports that Georgia-Pacific's General Manager of the Lumber Industry, Bill Goodman, wrote to state officials on Thursday, indicating that the job cuts would begin June 10 and continue. in stages until the complete closure of the Coos Bay facility.
The Atlanta-based pulp and paper company said Asian competition for Oregon logs made it more expensive to supply the Coos Bay plant. And Georgia-Pacific said the extended closure of the Coos Bay swing span railway bridge made it harder to ship products from the site.
The bridge, 100 years old, has been closed for more than a year, but should reopen in a few weeks.
The Georgia-Pacific plant in Coos Bay opened in 1994. It produces dimensional lumber – 2×4, 2×6 and similar products.