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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

SPI rekindles small-log mill operations

Mike Taborski
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5/12/2010

    Citing an improvement in the lumber market with housing starts expected to be “modestly higher” this year, Sierra Pacific Industries is once again operating its small-log sawmill at the Quincy facility.
 

   Company spokesman Mark Lathrop said several mill workers would be placed in new jobs at the plant, so this first week is a training week. A second shift, creating some 50 jobs in all, is scheduled to begin its production next week.  

Because of the soft lumber market, the large-log sawmill was recently reduced to a single shift, so the net gain is approximately 33 jobs between the two plants.

     Lathrop added that the wet spring and heavy snow has made it difficult to keep SPI’s mills operating because of log supplies and not being able to operate in the woods.

    Faced with continued supply and demand challenges, SPI ceased its small-log production in Quincy in May 2009. At that time, the company said the closure was being considered permanent, but added it would keep the plant’s equipment in place and operational in case conditions change.

    “We are encouraged to get people back to work and sincerely appreciate all the support from Quincy and the surrounding Plumas County communities,” Lathrop said.
     




   


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