Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill

Fish Kill
11:07 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Fish Kill Likely Caused By Mill Fire

The fire at the Springfield mill likely caused the fish kill in the nearby millrace.
Credit Angela Kellner

The fire that destroyed a Springfield mill a week ago likely also caused a fish die-off in the nearby millrace.

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Disasters & Accidents
7:19 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Springfield Mill Employees Begin To Consider Employment Options

Credit Angela Kellner

Management at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill began meeting individually with its employees Tuesday.  The mill burned down last week, putting 250 people out of work.  The owners are offering two possible employment alternatives at mills in Roseburg and Glendale.

Chuck Wert is the chief operating officer of Swanson Group, which owns the mill.

Wert: "As I understand it we spoke with around 60 employees today and about 40 of them that say they are interested in looking at the other job opportunities we have for them in Roseburg and Glendale."

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Economy
7:18 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up

Mill fire in Springfield.
Credit Angela Kellner

The number of unemployed people in Lane County increased by more than 650 between May and June.  The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.8%.

But that could change in July, after this month's mill fire in Springfield.

Oregon Regional Economist Brian Rooney says Lane County has been in a period of positive employment growth.  But he calls the unemployment numbers for June…

Rooney: "A little bit of a step back."

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Disasters & Accidents
3:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Management Assesses Fire Damage At Springfield Mill

Chuck Wert is Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer.
Credit Swanson Group

Thursday's catastrophic fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill has left 250 employees jobless and owners of the parent company accessing their options. Swanson Group acquired the mill on F Street in Springfield in 2007. It is a total loss. The fire is under investigation. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wert as he arrived from company headquarters in Glendale to access the still-smoldering site.  

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Disasters & Accidents
6:15 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fire Completely Destroys Springfield Plywood And Veneer Mill; Workers Displaced

A helicopter dumps water on flames at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill July 17, 2014.
Credit Angela Kellner

UPDATE: Thursday 10:00 pm 

A fast-moving fire engulfed and destroyed the Springfield Plywood and Veneer mill Thursday. No injuries were reported.

To see a video of the helicopter dropping water on the fire, visit our KLCC Facebook page.

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