CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – Josephine County leaders said the closure of a longtime mill will have major economic impacts on the county.
Rough and Ready Lumber announced it was closing last week. The mill’s owners said they could not maintain a steady supply of logs from nearby federal forests, and said lawmakers in Washington, D.C. were not doing enough to help. As a result 85 people will be out of a job.
Cave Junction mayor Carl Jacobson, who worked for Rough and Ready in the 1970s, said it’s a major blow to his city from both an economic and cultural standpoint. He said many people relied on those family-wage jobs.
Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare said the county may not feel the effects of the closure right away, but said it could potentially be devastating to the economy in the Illinois Valley, which was already suffering from high unemployment.