Port Angeles: Sawmill layoffs start today

About 20 Crown Pacific Partners LP millworkers in Port Angeles face temporary layoffs today, not knowing when they”ll be called back to work.

The North Olympic Peninsula’s most advanced, high-tech sawmill announced last Friday that it will idle more than a quarter of its 89 workers after the final shift.

Company officials reiterated Thursday that they are not sure how long the slowdown will last, but they hope to limit it to two weeks.

Low lumber prices, not the company’s weak financial condition, are the reason for the slowdown at the Port Angeles mill off U.S. Highway 101 and Dry Creek Road, company officials said.

Although logs will not be run through the mill, production of lumber will continue in the drying kilns and planers until inventories run out, officials said.

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