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IN BRIEF / SUSANVILLE

Town's Last Mill to Be Shut Down

December 18, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Lassen County's largest private employer is closing Susanville's last timber mill.

Sierra Pacific Industries said Tuesday it plans to shut the sawmill sometime next year. Susanville has a population of 17,900 and is 112 miles east of Redding.

The company blamed loss of government timber supplies and competition from foreign imports for the closing.

Shutting down the mill will affect about 150 workers, but company officials said workers would be given employment opportunities at 12 remaining Sierra Pacific sawmills around the state.

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