US Department of Labor gives $800K to help displaced wood products employees

The federal government has awarded $800,000 to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry for people affected by the closures of Pyramid Mountain Lumber and Roseburg Forest Products.

The U.S. Department of Labor sent the money as a part of the National Dislocated Worker Grant, which gives assistance to “areas experiencing a major economic dislocation event,” according to the Department of Labor.

The money will move into seven counties and two reservations as some employees seek to relocate toward industrial hubs. More than 250 people have been or will be laid off by Pyramid and Roseburg this year.

Tim Wood, head grader at Pyramid Mountain Lumber, oversees operations at his station at the sawmill’s operating facility on June 19, 2024.


In March, Pyramid announced plans to close its doors for good after struggling to find housing for its employees. The mill ran its final logs through the sawmill last week as it winds down operations.

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