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Originally published Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

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Colville plywood mill to reopen after 4 years

A plywood mill in Omak, Wash., is restarting operations this summer after closing down in 2009 when the recession hit the construction industry.

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OMAK, Wash. —

A plywood mill in Omak, Wash., is restarting operations this summer after closing down in 2009 when the recession hit the construction industry.

The Wenatchee World reports ( http://is.gd/cjfQLB) the Colville Indian Plywood and Veneer plant plans to hire 100 mill workers when it restarts. Eventually about 200 workers will operate the mill, located in the north-central Washington county of Okanogan. The company laid about 230 workers in 2009.

Wood Resources, a subsidiary of the Greenwich, Conn.-based Atlas Holdings, has signed a 25-year lease with the Colville Tribe. The company has owned and operated Olympic Panel, a plywood mill in Shelton, Wash., for 10 years.

Colville Tribal Chairman John Sirois says the partnership with a private plywood manufacturer will enable the Colville Tribes to restart timber operations on tribally-owned forestland.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

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