A $9 million mill upgrade in Boardman will assure an efficient supply of core veneer used at Columbia Forest Products’ Klamath Falls plywood mill. This upgrade will not increase the number of Klamath Falls employees but will improve production of its decorative-grade plywood used in making cabinets and furniture.

GreenWood is a 35,000 acre tree farm and hardwood sawmill complex. The Collins Companies manage the Boardman sawmill and markets lumber under the brand of Pacific Albus, which refers to hybrid poplar varieties developed by GreenWood Resource. The upgrade means poplar veneer will be peeled at the Boardman mill before being transferred to Klamath Falls for drying and gluing.

Per Ed Woods, Columbia vice president, the company has been transporting some poplar from the eastern U.S. and the upgrade will allow mills in Boardman and Klamath Falls to use poplar from the GreenWood Tree Farm.