FEDERAL WAY, WA – Weyerhaeuser Co. announced it will convert its Dodson, LA, plywood operation to a 100 percent veneer manufacturing operation, effective Oct. 26. The company said it will also stop veneer production at its Colbert, GA, mill by the end of October. The Colbert site will continue manufacturing Parallam using veneer supply from Dodson and other Weyerhaeuser veneer plants.

These operating changes will affect about 70 employees at Colbert and less than 50 at the Dodson site, Weyerhaeuser said.

“Today’s announcement is part of the ongoing effort to strengthen Weyerhaeuser’s residential wood products portfolio,” said Cathy Slater, vice president of Veneer Technologies. “There’s a shrinking demand for plywood and an increasing availability of alternative products. We made the decision after a thorough review of short-term and long-term demand for our plywood panels to further integrate dry veneer into our engineered lumber products.”

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