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BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Boise Cascade has announced plans to shut
down its laminated beam manufacturing operation in Emmett.
Company spokesman John Sahlberg told the Idaho Statesman
Wednesday that the plant will cease operations in June and will be
closed for the foreseeable future. He says a collapse in the
housing market is the reason for the closure, which affects 40
The company made the announcement a day after saying it had
purchased a newer, more efficient plant in Homedale that makes some
of the same products.
The job cuts in Emmett come on top of more than 500 employees
who will lose their jobs in June when the XL Four Star Beef plant
closes in nearby Nampa.
Sahlberg said the company plants to negotiate with the
carpenters' union on a severance package.