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Boise Cascade announced Jan. 17 that it was adding 40 positions to its Western Oregon Region mills in Medford, White City and Willamina, according to an article in the Oregon Mail Tribune.
Company spokesman R.J. Roberts told the newspaper that the Idaho-based wood products supplier has increased market share for its plywood and engineered wood panels, both in domestic and Canadian markets.
"The current markets for our wood products, and the recent upturn in demand for the products we make using the veneer produced in our mills, have necessitated this hiring," Roberts said.
Supply is also tightening. Georgia-Pacific closed two Southern pine plywood plants, in Crossett, Ark. and in Hawthorne, Fla. last year. Then Latin American panel maker Celulosa Arauco experienced a fire in early January, halting production. Rebuilding efforts are estimated to take two years.
Roberts acknowledged that Boise’s market share gains, which include new contracts with Home Depot and some Canadian companies, came at the expense of competitors.