Columbia Forest Products to close Trumann plant

Columbia Forest Products to close Trumann plant
(Source: Columbia Forest Products via website)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Columbia Forest Products in Trumann has officially announced they are closing their Trumann plant.

According to a press release, at least 25 people were laid off, with another 25 staying on, “for several months until all orders and machinery can relocate to other CFP plants,” the release stated.

Columbia Forest Products estimates the permanent closure of the mill will take place sometime this fall.

CFP blames the closure on sustained impact of imported Chinese cabinets and plywood.

The company said, "Remaining orders for panel products manufactured at this facility are moving to other production sites within Columbia’s existing North American network."

The Governor’s Dislocated Worker Task Force (WARN), which was established in 1983 to help Arkansas meet changing workforce needs and compete more effectively in a global economy, has been notified of the mill's closing.

The Task Force was informed of the pending closure and implemented our Rapid Response protocols to coordinate ways to assist the management of Columbia Forrest Products and the affected employees by providing information about retraining, job opportunities, filing for unemployment insurance benefits and other local, state and federal services. These plans are still in the development stage but will be finalized as soon as possible.”
Jay Bassett, Division Chief of the Governor’s Dislocated Worker Task Force

The company has been operating the Trumann facility since 1986.

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