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SPI Will Layoff 150 Sonora, Chinese Camp Workers

There´s more bad news for local logging company employees.

Sierra Pacific Industries has announced that it will temporarily lay off sawmill and planer workers at its Sonora and Chinese Camp mills. Spokesman Ed Bond says a lack of logs will force the timber giant to layoff employees in March and April. Bond says the announcement likely won´t come as a surprise to workers who have witnessed the dwindling amount of timber in log decks this winter. Bond says the schedule of the layoffs will vary depending on which location and which job an employee has.

Most of the Sonora operation´s maintenance crew will continue to work as SPI upgrades its sawmill machinery. Bond says a speedup of approval of salvage logging plans for areas devastated by wildfire could keep the mills in operation. The layoffs will impact about 150 SPI employees in Tuolumne County. The workers´ medical benefits will remain in place during the layoff period. Bond says company officials aren´t sure how long the layoffs will last, but expects the duration to be for “at least several weeks.”