Roseburg to close PB, laminating facilities in SC
 The Orangeburg facility was one of the Roseburg plants
to manufacture TFM.


Roseburg Forest Products announced it will close two of its operations in South Carolina later this year: the Orangeburg laminating plant which the company purchased from Decolam back in 2007; and its particleboard facility in Russellville.

Approximately 125 employees will be laid off as a result of the two plant closures.

“We made this decision based on the persistently poor market, the growing cost pressure and the limited product capability at these two locations,” said Roseburg COO Chuck Ulik in a statement.

“While both plants have reduced their manufacturing costs over the past few years, these improvements have not been enough to counteract the poor performance of the particleboard industry as it continues to struggle with weak demand and over capacity,” Ulik added.

Roseburg Director of Marketing Mark McLean said the closures were not related to the company’s agreement earlier this month to purchase Flakeboard’s particleboard and laminating facility in Simsboro, LA. That purchase is expected to be completed in July.

McClean added that these two closures are part of the company’s strategic moves to remain profitable in “these severe economic times.”

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