Oregon Town Sees Another Sawmill Dismantled

By OPD News
Photo by Oregon State University

Philomath used to be home to nearly a dozen lumber mills. Now, the Benton County town is down to three.

Two weeks ago, the equipment and rolling stock of Diamond West Lumber sawmill was auctioned to satisfy claims of Bank of America and other creditors.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that salvagers this week began taking apart the last of the remaining equipment and the mill itself for scrap, a job that may take a couple of months.

The mill’s output used to go into furniture and Fender guitars. It closed three years ago.

Remaining in Philomath are two plants owned by Georgia Pacific, a sawmill and a planer, and the Marys River Lumber sawmill. It recently was closed until the market improves.

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