Roseburg President and CEO Grady Mulbery, in a news release announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday (3-19-2020) identified the wood products industry as an “essential critical infrastructure workforce” in the nation’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.. The Federal guidance lists “workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper and other wood products,” along with healthcare providers, law enforcement and public safety, and utility and transportation workers. Although the federal guidance is advisory only, on March 19, 2020, the State of California issued an order directing all individuals living in the State to “stay at home . . . except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” As a result, Roseburg’s Weed California veneer facility will remain in operation.
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