Rough & Ready Back in Business

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – The Rough & Ready Lumber Company is getting back up and running after more than a year of being out of business. Old and new employees are trickling in throughout the month, putting to use a swath of brand new machinery. “Change is always hard,” said Larry Mason, a Maintenance Supervisor … Continue reading »

Gov. Announce Rough & Ready Revival

On Friday morning, Governor John Kitzhaber held a news conference announcing mill improvements in Southern Oregon, including the revival of Rough & Ready Lumber Mill. NewsWatch12’s Justin Bourke explains more in the video above. NewsWatch12 will have more information Tonight in the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

Speech Guest Spotlights Timber Payments

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – Rural Oregon counties struggling from the loss of federal timber payments will have a seat at the table during Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. Jennifer Phillipi, co-owner of the Rough & Ready mill in Cave Junction, will be a guest of Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) during the speech. Rough & … Continue reading »

Cave Junction Sausage Plant Expands

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A large employer in Josephine County has been given approval for a second shift and will add dozens of jobs. Taylor’s Sausage in Cave Junction received word from the USDA on Wednesday morning that it will receive a second inspector for a night shift. The company will be able to add … Continue reading »

Taylor’s Sausage Looks to Expand

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A Josephine County business wants to add 30 new jobs, but says the USDA is taking a bite out of that plan. Taylor’s Sausage is in high demand so much that it wants to add a second shift, which would add 30 employees. The owner says it would be huge for … Continue reading »

County Leaders React to Mill Closure

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. … Continue reading »

Rough and Ready Lumber Mill Closing

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — Rough and Ready Lumber announced on Wednesday that they are closing its lumber mill in Cave Junction. Rough and Ready said the Cave Junction mill is a major local employer that recently celebrated its 90th year in business in Oregon’s timber-dependent Illinois Valley. Rough and Ready said the mill has been … Continue reading »