Potential Pyramid buyers meet with officials, seek to keep mill open

State, federal leaders and prospective buyers are considering federally protected loans or cooperatives to keep Pyramid Mountain Lumber running, members of a stakeholder meeting told the Missoulian on Friday.

The meeting, which included Rep. Ryan Zinke, focused on two separate goals: Keeping Pyramid alive through a massive capital improvement project and finding support for the employees that will be laid off by Roseburg Forest Products.

The meeting at Missoula College was closed to the public because of prospective buyers in the room, according to Grant Kiers, president of the Missoula Economic Partnership.

“I am really thrilled we have a number of buyers that are local folks with roots in the community and care a lot about the legacy of Pyramid and western Montana,” Kiers told the Missoulian.

One group led by the Montana Farmers Union looks to establish a cooperative with the Seeley Lake-based lumber mill.

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Pyramid Mountain Lumber announced plans to close its mill on March 7. The company has been family-owned and operated since 1949 and employs roughly 100 people. 

Pyramid likely needs to find a solution by May 15 to keep the mill’s future viable, according to company general

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