Weyerhaeuser Employees Wait for Word on Jobs

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Around 140 employees of Bowling Green's Weyerhaeuser North plant were given a little more clear picture of their future Wednesday.

Company officials told employees that about half the workforce, or 70 employees, will be temporarily transferred to the Weyerhaeuser South plant, while corporate officials decide whether or not to rebuild the North plant. The building was damaged beyond repair last Wednesday when the roof collapsed around midnight. Company leaders believe a buildup of ice and water from clogged drainage pipes is to blame. No one was hurt in the collapse, but as many as half of the plants workers may be asked to volunteer for a layoff until a final decision can be made.

The final decision on who will transfer and who will be laid off will be made next week, company officials said, and will be based on seniority and job descriptions.

"As far as I know right now I'll be moving to another plant, hopefully the South plant. But I haven't talked to my supervisor, I've been off on vacation for a couple of weeks, so I really don't know where I stand right now," said John Hammons, a plant supervisor.

"I had to make a lot of hard decisions. This happened right before Christmas, I'm looking at 3 kids thinking 'what do I take back, what do I keep? How far do I go with Christmas this year?" said Scott Goodman, another Weyerhaeuser employee.

The corporation is expected to decide in January whether or not to rebuild and restore the plant and all of the jobs, but officials told the workers meeting Wednesday that the prospects look fairly good that they will.

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