Timber mill brings economic recovery to town
Hard economic times brought the mill to a standstill last year. It was bought by Hampton affiliates of Portland, Ore., which invested $15 million in upgrades so the mill could cut today's smaller, second-growth logs.
“We’re putting this high-quality equipment in here at incredible cost because we know that we are the best producer at the lowest cost and have a better chance to survive over time,” said John Hampton, chairman of Hampton Affiliates.
“If this mill buys about half of its product from state-owned lands, from our trust lands, the monies that we receive for harvesting on those trust lands will build schools,: said Doug Sutherland, State Land Commissioner.
The mountain town has a population of about 1,200 people and is located just a few miles from the Western base of the Cascade Mountains, 90 miles northeast of Seattle.
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