Ochoco Lumber Company announced last week that Malheur Lumber Company in John Day, Ore. will close its operations for their sawmill and related departments on Nov. 1, 2012.

Employees were given the news last Friday of the upcoming closure, which affects approximately 80 individuals in the John Day area. The Malheur Lumber Company in John Day is located 120 miles east of Prineville.

The biomass production facility, which includes the pellet and wood brick mill, the chipper, and the whole log shaver, will continue to operate on the normal schedule. Malheur Lumber Company will continue to purchase timber sales on national forest land and other sources to support the on-going operations.

“As we go forward to continue on with the biomass facility, we hope to restructure the company so we can keep approximately 20 people employed,” said President of Ochoco Lumber Company Bruce Daucsavage.

From The Central Oregonian: http://www.centraloregonian.com/archives/story.aspx/14757/ochoco-lumber-to-close-sawmill-in-john-day