Roseburg Forest Products, which closed its Oxford facility in December 2015, closed on a deal Tuesday to sell it to Wilsonart for an undisclosed sum.
Under Roseburg, the plant produced thermally fused melamine laminates for high-end office furniture. The plant closed after the loss of a key customer, putting the remaining 29 employees (22 hourly, seven salaried) out of work. At its peak, the plant employed about 150 people.
Wilsonart hasn’t announced a specific opening date, but said, “The acquisition of new manufacturing for Wilsonart’s TFL panels further demonstrates our commitment to offering high quality surfacing alternatives to our customers and specifiers. There will probably be employment opportunities locally once the facility is up and running. At that time, we will announce openings.”
Roseburg originally purchased the plant from Georgia Pacific in 2006.
“The decision to close the Oxford plant was a difficult one, so it’s great to see it come back to life as a result of this deal,” said Mark Avery, Roseburg’s vice president of composites business. “The plant’s reopening will be good for that community, and hopefully some of our former employees will find work with Wilsonart.”
Roseburg is a privately owned company and one of North America’s leading producers of particleboard, thermally-fused laminates and medium density fiberboard. Roseburg also manufactures softwood and hardwood plywood, lumber, LVL and I-joists. Roseburg owns 630,000 acres of timberland in Oregon and Northern California and ships products throughout North America and the Pacific Rim.
Wilsonart manufactures and distributes high pressure laminate, quartz, solid surface, coordinated TFL panels and Edgebanding and other engineered surface options for use in furniture, office and retail space, countertops, worktops and other applications. The company operates under the Wilsonart, Resopal, Polyrey, Arborite, Lamin-Art, Ralph Wilson, Bushboard and Durcon brands.