Colin Barr

Visiting Swanson Group Inc Plant

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Lucky group we were today, City of Springfield, Oregon Government managers and your Springfield Chamber of Commerce team visiting Swanson Group Inc plant.

Deep-rooted plywood manufacturing at its best, a huge investment in Springfield by the Swanson Family after the set-back of a fire, but resulting in the most advanced plywood and layup plant in North America. Clean, safe, high tech and impressive, exclusive product lines. A predictable supply of timber will drive this kind of plant and continue to employ several hundred workers at living wages and with benefits and overtime too.

Thank you Steve Swanson and team!


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Colin Barr

Jobs in Manufacturing: Good Pay and Benefits, Very Rewarding Work

James Wichert is a slender guy with a quick smile. Slightly North of 22-years old, he has the energy to match. He’s a sander operator for our new member, Western Panel Products located in Eugene. Western Panel is a specialty producer of high-end and exotic hardwood veneers, creating architectural panels for commercial and interior application. And while technically referred to as “plywood,” they are actually artisan-crafted pieces involving a lot of hand-work and skill. We visited with James at the plant to talk to him about how he found his way into plywood manufacturing... Read More

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