Boise Cascade facility to cease production, close doors

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In a Monday press release, Boise Cascade announced that its Roxboro facility will shut down in 2020.

In the release, the company states that it anticipates discontinuing production at the I-joist production facility by the end of the first quarter of 2020 while inventory shipment may continue through the third quarter before all operations cease.

Vice President of Manufacturing Operations Chris Seymour said that the plant’s costs do not match the company’s other mills.

“The I-line team has worked diligently and safely every day. However, costs at Roxboro are not where they need to be in comparison to other Boise Cascade mills,” Seymour said in the release. “That fact, in conjunction with the single-family housing market trends, have led us to this difficult decision.”

Seymour also said the company is assisting employees in the transition.

“We understand the effect this closing has on our employees and their families. We are making them aware of employee assistance resources as well as job openings within the company,” he said.

The shutdown will affect approximately 29 employees.

The closure of I-joist production follows the company’s 2018 closure of the laminated veneer lumber division in Roxboro. That closure affected 56 employees.

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