MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today Representative Greg Walden announced a new tariff on China that will make it easier for hardwood plywood to be domestically sourced. The tariff is allowing the Timber Products plant to expand for the first time in more than a decade.
The tariff was approved by the International Trade Commission on Chinese hardwood imports upwards of 186 percent.
Walden says China had 54 percent of the U.S. wood market, and this tariff will make it a level playing field.
Since the tariff was enacted, sales of domestic hardwood plywood have gone up by 11 to 19 percent. The new tariff is allowing Timber Products, a local wood mill, to expand and create jobs. They are in the process of hiring more than 50 people, and will expand by 20 to 25 percent.
The jobs range from management to hourly positions. The company will hire in Medford and Grants Pass. Timber Products says this will also expand the trucking and railroad industries, since they ship the product.
"To think that it will go back up economically, that it will thrive again, is very exciting to all of our employees," says Lynn Campbell, a Supervisor at Timber Products.