Archive for September 4th, 2007

by Pete Talbot

You’d think that the first word out of the reporter’s mouth would be “why?”.

Why would Stimson Lumber evict 16 families from company housing to expand its log yard after laying off more than half its workforce and closing down its plywood plant because … it can’t get enough logs?

I’m occasionally accused of being easily confused but this is another example of a news story I can’t quite get my mind around.

On September 1, the Missoulian reported that Stimson Lumber was evicting 16 families from company housing so it could expand its log yard.

Back in May, the Missoulian did a series of articles on Stimson, and why the company was closing its plywood plant and laying off more than half its workers. The reporters quoted many sources who said the log yard was nearly empty and there was a lack of available logs.

Stimson can’t get logs and is closing most of its mill but is evicting families so it can expand its log yard. Can someone please help me out here?

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