Officials with D.R. Johnson Lumber report the company’s Prairie City, Ore. sawmill was back up and running the second week in July. Prairie Wood Products, a division of D.R. Johnson Lumber Co., had been idled since 2009 due to economic downturn pressures and a lack of logs. In late spring, D.R. Johnson Lumber officials announced a restart of the sawmill and eventually the restart of an on-site cogeneration plant.
According to Kyle Westbrooks, business development manager for Prairie Wood Products and D.R. Johnson Lumber, the mill was making lumber the week of July 11, concentrating on 8- and 9-ft. studs. He noted the company is taking the project one step at a time and said the cogen plant, which will need some level of re-permitting, would be restarted in the near future.
D.R. Johnson Lumber acquired the Prairie City mill in 1976 and added a stud mill and planer two years later. Founder Don Johnson invested in early computerization systems at the mill, and in the late 1980s the company installed a cogeneration power plant.
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