COLUMBIA FALLS, MT - Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc.'s MDF plant is back at full speed following a June 10 mechanical fire at the Columbia Falls, MT, facility that caused between $8 million and $10 million in damage.
Plum Creek's No. 1 production line, which produces up to 1-1/2-inch fiberboard, resumed full production last week. The No. 2 production line, which makes between 1/10th to 1/2-inch continuous-press fiberboard, restarted June 30.
The company said customers were not impacted by the temporary shutdown, with product shipped from existing inventory. The 183 employees at the seven-acre MDF facility were reassigned to other duties while repairs were being made. Repairs from the fire included work to the computer systems, duct work and upgrades to the fire suppression systems.
Tom Ray, vice president, northwest resources and manufacturing at Plum Creek said the company is donating $15,000 to the local fire and safety departments that assisted at the June fire. “We are very thankful that all the local fire and safety departments rallied to protect the people working at the facility. Their work is greatly appreciated and we hope these funds support the important work they provide every day to our community.”
Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Plum Creek's (NYSE:PCL) manufacturing facilities produce lumber, plywood and MDF for use in kitchen and bath cabinetry, residential and office furniture, store fixtures and other applications. 2013 revenue for the company was $1.34 billion.
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