Federal Way, Washington, USA, 27 April 2009 — Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) will close its Bay City log export facility in Aberdeen, Washington, affecting 54 employees. The facility will inventory and clear remaining logs from the yard over the next 30 days before closing permanently.
"We are taking this action due to continued weak demand for wood and wood products,” said Rich Wininger, vice president of Weyerhaeuser’s Western Timberlands operations. “We will consolidate log sorting and exporting at our other facilities in the region, located at Longview and Olympia, Washington."
Weyerhaeuser has operated the Bay City yard since the early 1970s.
“This decision was necessary for the long term and is not a reflection on the hard work and commitment of the people involved in this operation,” Wininger said. “Our first priority is supporting the people who will be affected by this decision.”
The company will meet with union officials representing employees to discuss transition benefits.
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2008, sales were USD 8 billion. It has offices or operations in 10 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution, and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, and development. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products, and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com.