Boise Cascade to Close Veneer Mill in Independence, Oregon

Boise, Idaho, USA, 27 November 2006 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Boise Wood Products, an operating unit of Boise Cascade, LLC, announced today that its veneer mill in Independence, Oregon, will be permanently closed on 25 January 2007. The closure will affect all 29 employees of the mill. The mill has been in operation since 1963.

"The lack of affordable logs and an ample supply of veneer from our other operations in the region are the primary reasons we are closing the Independence mill," said Bruce Cartmel, Western Oregon regional manager. "We regret the impact this closure will have on our employees and their families."

The mill manufactures wood veneer that is sold on the open market and used in plywood and engineered wood products, such as Boise's BCI(R) I-joists and laminated veneer lumber. The mill equipment and property will be sold following the closure. No timeline has been established for sale of the property.

About Boise Cascade

Boise, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, manufactures engineered wood products, plywood, lumber, and particleboard and distributes a broad line of building materials, including wood products manufactured by the company. Boise also manufactures a wide range of specialty and premium products, including imaging papers for the office and home and papers for pressure sensitive applications, as well as printing and converting papers, containerboard and corrugated boxes, newsprint, and market pulp. Visit Boise's Web site at

Source: Boise Cascade