Weyerhaeuser’s strategy, location, change with times 

Three news items concerning Weyerhaeuser Co. appeared in recent weeks, all playing into the longer-term saga of the company’s dramatic downsizing and restructuring, with the most prominent one being perhaps the least significant of the three in that story.

So we’ll start with that one. The company has officially opened its headquarters in Pioneer Square in Seattle, meaning that business reporters such as this one will have to train themselves to stop reflexively writing “Federal Way-based company.”

This isn’t something unique in the history of the company or in corporate America. Big companies frequently move their headquarters, sometimes to another state entirely. For Weyerhaeuser this is just a second move up Interstate 5, having relocated from downtown Tacoma to Federal Way in 1971.

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