The rumors are true. Simpson Lumber Company, a mainstay of employment for our area for the last 125 years, is selling off two mills to Sierra Pacific Industries. This company does not plan to operate the mills, but is closing them down. They do plan to construct a new state-of-the-art sawmill on our waterfront. Mill operations will be coming to a close over the next two months. The new sawmill will not open until sometime in 2017.
Naturally this change makes all of us nervous as good employment opportunities are important to our region.