Simpson to shut down Shelton operations
Over the next 60 days, Simpson Lumber mill operations in the Shelton area will wind down and close altogether. Up to 270 people will lose their jobs.
Sierra Pacific Industries, which completed a deal to acquire Simpson's remaining assets in downtown Shelton, the nearby Johns Prairie Complex and Dayton, announced that it will not continue operating the sawmills. Instead, it will construct at least one new, state-of-the-art sawmill and lumber planing operation on the Shelton waterfront site. That should be operational sometime in 2017.
"I deeply appreciate our employees. They are hardworking, driven and dedicated to the success of this company, as they have been for our nearly 100 years of sawmill operations in Shelton," said Colin Moseley, Simpson chairman. "The decision to sell was extremely difficult because Shelton has always been the heart of our lumber manufacturing business and we have enjoyed great support from the Shelton community."
All employees in good standing will be eligible for severance benefits, according to a letter sent out to employees on April 27, and company leaders at Simpson will be working to secure government economic aid or retraining support for displaced employees.