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By Andi Bourne

Rebounding Market Meets Workforce Challenge

Part I of II


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Pyramid Mountain Lumber's yard in the fall of 2014. This spring the log yard has seven million board feet of logs ready for the sawmill, up six million board feet from last year. Chief of Operations Loren Rose is concerned they won't be able to capitalize on the opportunity because of the lack of qualified employees.

SEELEY LAKE - For years Pyramid Mountain Lumber Inc. (Pyramid) thought the availability of logs was going to be their limiting factor for profitability and capital improvements. This winter they are up six million board feet in their log yard compared to a year ago. The future is looking bright for Pyramid but they are facing a challenge they were not expecting: lack of qualified employees.

In 2015 lumber markets went south. All Montana sawmills were operating on overpriced timber and losing money like never before.

"We were the first ones to really jump out and say this is a real train wre...

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