Oregon timber execs hope new Canadian duty leads to better times, More Jobs

Oregon timber execs hope new Canadian duty leads to better times | OregonLive.com

“Oregon timber executives said Tuesday they will consider adding jobs, instituting new shifts, and investing more in existing Northwest mills as a result of a new 20 percent duty on Canadian softwood lumber announced by the White House.

….For operators in the Northwest, the duties could bring some relief from Canadian lumber suppliers they claim are heavily subsidized by their government. Thanks to that government support, Canadian lumber suppliers have won more than 30 percent of the U.S. market.

“This is all about jobs,” said Steve Swanson of the Swanson Group, owner of a plywood mill in Springfield and sawmills in Roseburg and Glendale. “We should be able to add a few employees — 25 to 30 workers — in each of our sawmills.””

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