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Governor Kulongoski Announces New Saw Mill in Boardman

Tue, 05/15/2007

Today Governor Ted Kulongoski announced that The Collins Companies will begin construction of a new $35 million saw mill to process lumber from a 17,000 acre sustainable tree farm in the Boardman area. The farm was recently acquired by the GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF) and will be managed by GreenWood Resources of Portland.

“This new facility is another example of how investing in sustainable and innovative tree farming practices can deliver benefits for the environment and the economies of rural Oregon,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “By combining our values as Oregonians with our commitment to creating family wage jobs, we can compete globally in emerging industries such as high yield/fast growing sustainable tree farming and renewable energy. I am pleased that the investors in the GreenWood Tree Farm Fund share this vision and that GreenWood Resources and The Collins Company remain strong partners with the state in helping make this vision a reality.”

Construction of the mill will begin in the third quarter of 2007, with operations expected to commence in the second quarter of 2008. When fully operational, it will provide over 150 family wage jobs in harvesting, manufacturing and tree farming for Morrow County. The GTFF project includes two companies based in Oregon: Greenwood Resources that will oversee the investment management and tree farm operations and The Collins Companies, which will manage the manufacturing and marketing operations. The Governor’s Office, the Oregon Economic & Community Development Department and Morrow County played an active role in the project’s development.
Contacts:

Anna Richter Taylor: 503.378.6169
Jake Weigler: 503.378.6496
Kristina Edmunson: 503.378.5040

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