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Weyerhaeuser to close joist plant


June 26, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Weyerhaeuser is closing its iLevel Trus Joist joists plant in Claresholm, AB. As of August 30, the facility will pe…

Weyerhaeuser is closing its iLevel Trus Joist joists plant in Claresholm, AB. As of August 30, the facility will permanently shut down.

Weyerhaeuser made the difficult decision after a strategic review of the companys TJR joist business, said Cathy Slater, president of the companys veneer technology business. The decline in housing starts in the North American market provides the impetus for this decision. After careful consideration of all the options, a decision was made to close this plant.

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The company has confirmed it will provide the 85 employees to be affected by the closure with severance pay, as well as job transition services and counseling.

Our first priority is supporting the people who will be affected by this shutdown, said Slater. Our associates work diligently to make our plants safe and competitive. Todays announcement is a reflection of the challenging business environment we face.

The Claresholm plant was built by Trus Joist in 1966, and Weyerhaeuser bought it in 1999. With an annual production capacity of 30 million lineal feet, the plant is the smallest of the seven joist facilities Weyerhaeuser owns.


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