Weyerhaeuser to Lay-Off 75 Employees

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Changes in the paper industry are forcing Weyerhaeuser to shut down a paper machine at the Rothschild Mill.

Seventy-five employees at the mill will be out of a job when the R-4 machine shuts down this fall.

Mill manager Scott Mosher says they will work with the local union to figure out who will be out of a job and what type of severance package they will be offered.

The R-4 machine was first built in 1922, and even though it has been updated since then, it is still too small and inefficient in today's marketplace.

The R-4 only produces 32,000 tons of products a year, compared to the 130,000 tons a year produced by the R-5.

The R-5 will remain open in Rothschild. That line employs 375 workers.

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