Boise Signals It May Curtail Plywood Production in 2021
Originally published by: Boise Cascade — October 16, 2020
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Today we issued a WARN Act notice to our Elgin, Oregon employees. We issued the notice in order to ensure that all employees are aware it is possible the mill will have to reduce production levels beginning on or about January 1, 2021. The Elgin facility currently produces approximately 10% of our dry veneer production, the majority of which is sold as plywood and represents approximately 16% of Boise Cascade’s plywood sales.
While the demand and pricing for plywood has been favorable during 2020 and the Elgin operation was profitable during the second and third quarters, our ongoing ability to use Elgin’s waste and storm water has been modified by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). The new permit constraints create uncertainty around the future operations at the site. Boise Cascade has significantly reduced our purchases of logs for our Elgin operation considering the uncertainty created by the change in environmental constraints and possible curtailment. At the current time, we do not expect to have enough logs available to operate throughout the entire winter even if the open concerns with ODEQ are favorably resolved before the end of the year.
We will continue to evaluate plywood market conditions, log supply availability, operating costs, environmental permits, and other factors influencing the long-term viability of the Elgin plywood operation as the situation warrants.
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Boise Cascade is one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America and a leading U.S. wholesale distributor of building products.
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