Chapman, AL

Workers Face Uncertain Future as Alabama Plant Announces Mass Layoffs

Ash Jurberg

Mass Layoffs Imminent as Alabama Plant Shuts Down Lumber Operations

A lumber plant in Chapman is set to shut down in January, resulting in a mass layoff of employees.

Yesterday, Boise Cascade Company, one of North America's largest producers of engineered wood products and plywood, announced an indefinite curtailment of its lumber production at the plant. The plywood operations at the Chapman location are unaffected by the curtailment.

Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, an employer with more than 100 full-time workers must provide a 60-day notice before laying off 50 or more people at a single site.

Boise Cascade notified the Alabama Department of Commerce that 72 employees at the plant in Chapman will be laid off on January 28, 2024.

The team has worked diligently every day; however, a combination of challenges, including required future investments and overall profitability, has led to this decision. It was a difficult and unfortunate decision, but after evaluating a number of factors over the past year, it is not feasible to continue operating at an efficient level. We understand the impact that this shutdown has on our employees and their families.” Chris Seymour, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations.

So far, in 2023, almost 4000 people have been laid off in Alabama. This is well ahead of 2022 when 880 were laid off throughout the year.

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