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Bemidji, Cook strand board plants closed permanently

Published 01/28/2009, Forum Communications

Vancouver, B.C.-based Ainsworth Lumber Co. announced Tuesday that it would permanently close its oriented strand board mills in Bemidji and Cook, Minn. The Cook mill had not operated for a year, and the Bemidji mill curtailed operations in October. Ainsworth is anticipating spending about $7 million for worker severance packages for the 280 workers and other costs related to permanently shuttering the mills.

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