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Oregon businesses fear being publicly identified as COVID-19 workplace outbreak

Freres Lumber in Lyons knew of one employee who tested positive in August for COVID-19. But the next month, the state identified Freres as the site of an outbreak — reporting they’d had five and then later 14 cases. Businesses argue they’re being stigmatized by a state reporting system they describe as unfair and misleading.

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Meyer Adopts Advanced Equity and Sustainability Approach in Construction of New Portland Headquarters

Values-driven real estate developer, project ^, Meyer Memorial Trust and award‐winning design firm, LEVER Architecture, has announced the completion and official opening of the new Meyer headquarters in Portland.

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ROAD TO RECOVERY: A ‘can do’ spirit emerges as Santiam Canyon residents face rebuilding

Homeowners and business operators throughout the Santiam Canyon are assessing the damage and options for the future. Rebuilding will be a long, tough process as specialists plot a path forward for the national forest.

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Timber companies, loggers see major damage from wildfires

Oregon’s timber industry has sustained an enormous setback as massive wildfires continue to ravage forests across the state. While the full scale of destruction is still coming into focus, groups representing loggers and wood products manufacturers say losses will total in the hundreds of millions of dollars, including charred timberland that will take decades to replant and regrow once the fires are extinguished.

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Freres Lumber’s six mills survive Beachie Creek fire, will resume operations soon

Amid the massive destruction wrought by Beachie Creek Fire up and down the Santiam River, the Freres Lumber Co., one of the area’s largest employers, escaped largely intact. The company’s six mills in Lyons and Mill City, which employ about 415, all survived the fire undamaged. The mills will resume operations some of them perhaps as soon as late this week, said Rob Freres, president.

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Freres Lumber got a $5 million PPP loan; now it can’t find enough employees

At a time when many companies are struggling to keep employees on the payroll, one of the state’s largest wood products manufacturers can’t find enough employees to operate at full capacity. While Oregon’s unemployment rate is at near-record levels, Freres Lumber of Lyons is seeking to hire 100 workers to get back to full capacity after a number of workers resigned over the past months.

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U.S. producers warn of unsafe Brazil plywood

LYONS, OR – The U.S. Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition issued Product Advisory notices regarding Brazilian structural plywood. The distribution of the notices is the result of a motion for preliminary injunction filed on June 5 by the coalition of 10 U.S. plywood producers including Oregon’s Freres Lumber Co.

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Freres Adds Mass Timber Beams

With its new Mass Ply Panel beam and column line up and running, Freres Lumber
Co., Lyons, Or., now has the ability to provide customers with a cost-competitive Mass Ply
solution for all structural elements of large-scale wood buildings.

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Freres Lumber turns panels with Caldwell Posi-Turner

Freres Lumber Co. Inc. is using a 22,500-lb. (11.25-ton) capacity Caldwell Posi-Turner to turn loads at its Mass Ply Panels facility in Lyons, Oregon. The Posi-Turner, which is designed to rotate bulky and hard to handle objects during manufacture or assembly processes, is operated beneath the hook of a 15-ton capacity overhead crane to flip panels in the lumber and timber company’s finishing area.

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