Sawmill reopening, will hire 25-30

The Daily World (Aberdeen)October 6, 2013 

A sawmill in Grays Harbor County is reopening and hiring 25 to 30 people, a manager at TMI Forest Products Crane Creek Division confirmed last week.

The mill has been shuttered since 2011, said TMI plant manager John O’Brien, who was rehired and started work Tuesday.

“I’m the only one here (today),” but others are headed there soon, he said.

“They treat their employees very well,” said Racheal Lebon, business-to-business representative for Pacific Mountain Work Force, which is partnering with WorkSource Grays Harbor on hiring events for the mill’s reopening. “These are living-wage jobs.”

Recruiting for the union jobs, which start at $15 per hour, will be done by Labor Ready, an employment agency, at the WorkSource offices “if the lights are still on,” Jason Lake, a WorkSource specialist said, referring to the shutdown of the federal government.

If that changes, the three events will be moved to another location, Lake added. “The plan is to hold it, no matter what.”

Recruiting will also be done by the Quinault Indian Nation’s Tribal Employment Rights Office, Lake said, since the mill is on tribal land, just north of Amanda Park on Highway 101 near Lake Quinault.

The three dates scheduled for the sawmill hiring event are Tuesday and Oct. 15 and 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the WorkSource offices at 511 W. Heron St. in Aberdeen. Entry-level and skilled positions are open.

TMI’s O’Brien, who is glad to have his job back, said the sawmill makes fencing and other wood products and can handle large and small logs of cedar and white woods.

There will be one shift to start.

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