Portac, Inc., a lumber mill in Tacoma’s Tideflats, is closing.
Gary Takahashi, the company’s president, said Thursday that the mill is laying off its remaining 71 workers and will begin to shut down in February.
It’s been a tough year for the company.
Last spring, Portac laid off about 50 people due to a shortage of logs to mill. The company mills large-sized logs into products such as beams and garage headers.
Takahashi said then that there was a shortage of large logs from nearby areas, such as Morton and Lewis County, to mill. Transporting large logs from farther away wasn’t economically feasible, he said.
The number of mills in the Tideflats has dwindled over the years.
Pony Lumber closed in September 2006 due to changes in the country’s lumber market.
I’m going to interview Takahashi this morning to get some better detail on the challenges facing Portac.
Look for the story in Saturday’s paper.