C&D Lumber Co. announces permanent closure of operations


RIDDLE, Ore.- 4/5 Update: C&D Lumber President and Owner Nick Johnson says this decision wasn’t easy to make as the company still has employees who worked for both his father and grandfather. He says the log and lumber markets just don’t sync up as much as they used to.

To just break even on selling our lumber, we’d have to be able to buy logs at basically half the price of what we could buy logs,” Johnson said.

Johnson says like many smaller family-owned businesses, bigger corporations are bound to come through and take over.

4/4: C&D Lumber Co. announces the permanent closure of its operations.

Founded in 1890 by Alfred Johnson in Southern Oregon’s Coos County, C&D Lumber has been a cornerstone of the timber industry for over 130 years.

According to a press release from the company, the 6th generation family-owned and operated business that now operates out of Riddle persisted through many challenges throughout its time. It says due to unprecedented challenges facing the industry, such as market fluctuations, increasing operational costs and timber supply issues, the company doesn’t see a sustainable future for itself.

It also says the Johnson family plans to continue to manage and grow C&D Lumber’s sister company Silver Butte Timber.


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