“Mill Begins to Rebuild”

Mill Begins to Rebuild
Completion expected by late summer

BY SALLY MORRIS THE TRINITY JOURNAL

Trinity River Lumber Company began the rebuilding of its Weaverville sawmill on Monday to replace the structure and equipment destroyed by fire last September.

Though the process of developing plans and timelines for rebuilding began immediately following the Sept. 12, 2009, fire, it has taken longer than expected to reach the point of actually beginning construction, according to a news release issued last week by the mill.

It also noted that an insurance settlement has progressed, but has not been reached yet.

Primary contractors for the rebuilding project will be Batzer Construction Inc. based in Medford, Ore., and West Coast Industrial out of Sweet Home, Ore.

Batzer will be working on the foundations and erection of the new building while West Coast will be replacing the sawmill equipment inside.

Mill Manager Dee Sanders said it is the goal of Trinity River Lumber to have the contractors use as many local subcontractors and employees as possible.

“Trinity County and the Weaverville community should receive a much-needed shot to the economy from the rebuilding efforts,” he said.

He added that Trinity River Lumber Company would like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their support and funds raised for the Golden Rule Club which has provided needed support for the mill employees since the fire.

Funds raised have reached $64,000 with $60,000 distributed to the employees to date.

Completion of the new sawmill construction is anticipated late in the summer and the company foresees returning to a full workforce once the mill is back in full production.

Prior to the Sept. 12 fire, the mill employed about 140 workers. Currently, it employs 25 in Weaverville and another 35 at a formerly closed mill in Anderson where temporary operations commenced shortly after the fire.

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