A Tacoma company that manufactures poles for utility companies has bought a shuttered Oregon pole plant from Federal Way's Weyerhaeuser Co.
McFarland Cascade, which has been in the pole business since 1916, closed the sale on Weyerhaeuser’s Wilbur, Ore., plant last week. Wilbur is in southern Oregon just off Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.
Weyerhaeuser shut down the Wilbur pole plant late last year as it sought to streamline its business. McFarland Cascade intends to reopen the plant next month. The plant is expected to employ about 15 workers when it is back in full production.
The company will buy local logs, strip them of their bark and classify them according to their length. They will then be shipped north to Eugene, where McFarland Cascade has a treating plant.
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The plant is set to produce some 30,000 to 50,000 utility poles a year.
McFarland Cascade has two divisions. One produces treated utility poles. The other manufactures and sells composite decking, railings and other products.