Wood products industry shows job growth

In what economists are calling a “slight rebound,” the Central Oregon wood-products industry could hire as many as 2,900 people to fill new positions and replace retiring workers over the next six years, according to the Oregon Employment Department. 


For Daucsavage’s John Day mill, the future is not in ­construction-grade lumber, it’s in remanufacturing wood for window casements and using small wood material to make pressed fiberboard and wood chips.

With 100 employees at Ochoco Lumber, Daucsavage is hoping to increase those numbers as the biomass industry expands.

“We’re the only mill within 150 miles,” Daucsavage said. “At our mill we’re always looking for quality people. We want to expand, and we feel comfortable with our agreements with the U.S. Forest Service that the wood will be there. If the biomass industry grows, it will require a highly trained workforce.”



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