For Immediate Release: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce Says Mary’s River Lumber Co. Closure is a Great Loss to State - Contains Audio
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Salem, OR (March 21, 2016) - Mary’s River Lumber Co., located in Corvallis, Oregon closed its doors last week, reportedly due to the shortage of logs as a result of harvesting restrictions in Oregon’s forests. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce noted this is just another example of how the state is failing its citizens. Current leaders are unwilling to advocate for business and as a result become an obstacle to economic security. This closure will limit access to and raise prices for all the products that our lumber industry provides.
“Oregon lost another great historic business this week, and it didn’t have to be this way,” Pierce said. “Corvallis-based Mary’s River Lumber Co., founded by the Avery family 42 years ago, was the kind of natural resources business that Oregon leaders in general and Oregon’s governor in particular should have been fighting for. It managed its way through the recent recession; it did right by its employees, and it transitioned to second-growth red cedar when the older red cedar became scarce, becoming a major supplier to our home improvement stores.”
While the company survived the economy downturn, what it couldn’t overcome were harvest restrictions on state and federal lands that dried up the supply of red cedar. Now, Pierce notes, 80 workers at the company’s saw mill in Philomath and finishing plant in Corvallis will ultimately lose their jobs – 35 immediately.
Pierce emphasized, “Since I started campaigning for governor, I have been to dozens of communities and visited many rural areas that still rely on a natural resource economy, including timber. It is a vital and important part of our state’s economy. People involved in the timber industry from logging to the mill are critical to providing Oregonians access to so many products including the ability to build affordable homes with their own lumber."
Oregonians in this industry feel abandoned and forgotten. Thirty-years of one-party Democratic rule in the governor’s office – and more than 12 months of Kate Brown — have failed the workers of Mary’s River Lumber Co and struggling communities across rural Oregon. Oregon needs a governor that will make the case for them in both Salem and Washington, D.C. and prevent the kind of man-made tragedy that killed Mary’s River.
Bud Pierce, M.D, Ph.D is a business owner and senior partner of Hematology/Oncology of Salem, one of the last physician owned practices on the West Coast. He announced his candidacy for governor on Sept. 10, 2015 on the Republican ticket. Approved photos and biography can be found at www.BudPierce.com/newsroom.
Contact: Mary Louise VanNatta, Bud Pierce for Governor Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-509-9575.