SPRINGFIELD, Ore. –The Swanson group mill has reopened, nearly two years after a huge fire and they are looking to bring even more jobs to the area, than before.
The Swanson group’s Mill in Springfield was destroyed by a fire in July of 2014 leaving 250 people without jobs.
Now, the mill is reopening under limited capacity.
There were about 30 or 40 employees testing new equipment on Monday and they say they’ll eventually be at full capacity of 260 jobs, even more than before.
“It’s kind of remarkable because there is a lot of automation to come to this new facility but in spite of the automation – we still have more total employees because of the product line we are pursuing,” said Steve Swanson.
He says they stayed in Springfield because of the location and because they were able to salvage some equipment leftover from the fire.
They say it will be a long process before the facility is up and running at capacity.
They will be at a healthy production load in about 8 weeks.
They say it will be a long process before the facility is up and running at capacity and they will be at a healthy production load in about 8 weeks.