Sierra Pacific Industries is closing a sawmill in El Dorado county that has been open since 1889! And also their Arcata plant that started all the Red Emmerson legacy that led him as the largest public land owner in the United States. This will lead to over 100 more Humboldt County worker layoffs.
And brace yourselves, California Redwood and Green Diamond executives came down to Humboldt to announce potential permanent closures in the next 6 months. Hundreds of workers could be affected! And of course, Humboldt Redwood (Old Palco)has slowly cut back on their workforce to less than 200 of a past 1,500 workers. Need I include Humboldt Creamery, Mervyns and Gottshalks closures? And we have many Truck Drivers cut back on their hours because of these circumstances.
Humboldt County needs to have an economic employee disaster declared! I love this area, but how many hits can we handle? This is real and now!
Update: California Redwood spokeswoman Jackie Deuschle called to say that my information is "Nothing further from the truth." She admitted it will be a tough year and she hopes for no further layoffs. "We have been around 119 years and not going anywhere!" This is good news. My source had told of California Redwood executives from Seattle meeting here recently and left a timetable of 6 months. I am glad they were wrong.
As far as the Sierra Pacific Emmerson mill closure information, that was in the Eureka Reporter column piece by K. Lloyd Billingley on Wednesday in the Times Standard.
I do not believe that Humboldt Creamery is at full staffing. Am I wrong?