Swanson Mill Employees Attend Job Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — A sense of hope was in the air Wednesday afternoon, as employers met with Swanson mill employees looking for jobs. “We do have today (Wednesday) over 20 employers here with over 140 job listings to try and get everybody back to work,” said Saundra Crawley, WorkSource Lane supervisor. Crawley says they immediately … Continue reading »

Job Fair for Displaced Swanson Employees

EUGENE, Ore. — WorkSource Lane is holding a job fair for the 250 workers who were displaced from the massive mill fire in Springfield in July. Swanson’s COO says they’re working to transfer about 65 employees to its plants in Glendale and Roseburg as part of an expansion. More employees could be transferred later if … Continue reading »

LRAPA Warns of Mill Fire Debris Dangers

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Debris from last week’s mill fire in Springfield is still being found within a five-mile radius of the site. Several residents have found burnt material ranging from the size of a quarter to the size of their palm. Lane Regional Air Protection Agency says people need to be very careful before handling … Continue reading »

Mill Fire: Plywood Prices Up 10-12%

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.– The lumber industry took a hit immediately after a fire destroyed the Swanson Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill. The fire happened last Thursday, and by Friday, plywood prices jumped 10 to 12 percent; in particular, sheathing and sanded plywood. Those are materials the mill produced. “I think overall, it was too dramatic of … Continue reading »

Mill Fire Linked to Fish Die-Off

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Last week’s mill fire in Springfield could have been the cause of a fish die-off, along a section of the Willamette River. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the fish probably died at the time of the fire. Samples collected the same day found a high pH both near the … Continue reading »

Mill Employees Meet Following Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill left about 250 people without a job. Those employees met Monday afternoon at Springfield High School for an employee meeting. Employees say they were told their insurance is good through the end of the month and they will get one-one-one meetings with management about 401(k)s. They … Continue reading »

Springfield Mill Fire Fully Contained

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Thursday’s massive fire is now fully contained, but not before devastation. Crews from eight different jurisdictions worked to put out the fire, but also battled high temperatures winds and low humidity. Then there were the technical difficulties. “The sprinkler system as the building collapsed broke open, so we had open pipes flowing … Continue reading »

Residents React to Evacuations

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some home and business owners near the Springfield mill fire were placed under a mandatory evacuation for about two hours as fire crews battled the fire. Most got a call on their phones telling them to evacuate. Others had police officers come to their doors. And all would agree it was a … Continue reading »

Spot Fires South of Springfield Mill

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Fire crews have been putting out small spot fires overnight and into Friday, likely sparked by debris that drifted from the mill fire. Fire crews have responded to fires in a sixty acre radius. One homeowner, several miles south in Creswell, says debris fell into her yard. The Springfield mill fire will … Continue reading »

Employees React to Mill Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Dozens of employees were inside Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill as a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. Thursday. It was a frantic scene for employees at the mill run by Swanson Group. They say they feared for their lives and had to act fast. They said their decisions were a … Continue reading »

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