Alabama Plant Announces Mass Layoffs, Leaving Workers with Uncertain Future

A lumber plant located in Chapman will be closing down in January, which unfortunately means that a significant number of employees will be laid off.

Yesterday, Boise Cascade Company, which is one of the largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood in North America, made an announcement regarding an indefinite curtailment of its lumber production at the plant. It is important to note that this curtailment only affects the lumber production, and the plywood operations at the Chapman location remain unaffected.

According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, if an employer has over 100 full-time employees, they are required to give a 60-day notice before laying off 50 or more individuals at one location.

Boise Cascade has informed the Alabama Department of Commerce that they will be laying off 72 employees at their plant in Chapman on January 28, 2024.

“The team has worked diligently every day; however, a combination of challenges, including required future investments and overall profitability, has led to this decision. It was a difficult and unfortunate decision, but after evaluating a number of factors over the past year, it is not feasible to continue operating at an efficient level. We understand the impact that this shutdown has on our employees and their families.” Chris Seymour, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations.

In 2023, nearly 4000 individuals in Alabama have already been laid off, which is a significant increase compared to the previous year’s total of 880 layoffs.

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