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By Andi Bourne

Rebounding Market Meets Workforce Challenge

Part II of II


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Pyramid workers pulling 14 foot and 16 foot long, 2X10 inch Douglas fir boards on the dry chain at the planer. While Pyramid currently has the log supply to significantly increase the number of hours the sawmill and planer are running, they are facing an unexpected shortage of qualified employees.

Last week, Part I addressed how the market has rebounded for Pyramid Mountain Lumber Inc. in Seeley Lake giving them more raw material to work. While the future is looking bright for Pyramid, they are facing a challenge they were not expecting: lack of employees.

SEELEY LAKE - Twenty years ago, Pyramid Mountain Lumber Inc.'s sawmill and planer ran 80 hours per week. Production time has now decreased to 40 hours at the sawmill and 60 hours at the planer per week.

Chief Operations Officer Loren Rose credits technology for reducing the number of hours and people operating the mill and planer...

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