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Many Woodgrain employees losing jobs as multiple operation will cease

Following an large employee-only meeting at Carey Foster Hall on Tuesday morning, Woodgrain Millwork management has announced they will substantially cut opeartions at its local plant, resulting in major job loss.

The move is in response to a roof collapse that that occurred Friday Nov. 14 due to heavy rain and snow.

"We are very thankful very thankful no one was injured and all of our associates are safe," Greg Easton, vice-president of millwork division wrote in an emailed statement. "Unfortunately, the part of the facility where the roof collapsed is integral to the operation of the facility. After analyzing the situation and the available options, the company has decided to cease many of the operations at the Prineville location for the forseeable future. A significant portion of the workforce will be affected in the coming weeks."

Easton went on to state that Woodgrain Millwork has operations across the country and is offering employment at its other facilities to affected employees, including relocation assistance.

The local plant will continue to operate the MDF moulding line and pellet mill that were not affected by the roof collapse, Easton added.

A full story will appear in the Friday edition of the Central Oregonian.

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