Logging Towns Are on a Roll

Wall Street Journal, Feb 24, 2013

Rising lumber demand stoked by the housing recovery is reinvigorating U.S. timber towns, creating jobs from the sawmill floor to loading dock as the forest-products industry gets back on its feet after a long malaise.

The Eugene, Ore., area is typical. Swanson Group Inc. says it has rehired 200 people out of the 720 positions it eliminated at its area mills during the recession and expects to add an additional 50 by late spring, bringing total employment to 800 compared with 550 in 2009. Another big producer, Seneca Sawmill Co., says it has restored hours for its 375 employees in the Eugene area, who now are almost back to the five-day work weeks they had before the recession. KEEP READING >>