China’s illegal hardwood plywood export practices have flooded the market for years, and the American worker has suffered as a consequence.
Here are some of our stories.
My name is Derek Knutson I’ve worked here 4 years. 26 years old. In the military. Gramp’ worked here 50 years, dad 25 plus uncles, cousins, it’s a family tradition. I’m 3rd generation timber products worker.
We can compete on speed, quality, price, and product with anybody as long as we are on a level playing field.
Old Fort Mill
Our community used to have 12 mills. Now we’re down to just one mill that produces timber products. That mill provides good jobs. You could see the mill’s name on little league and soccer jerseys. Those people shop here, they live here, and they build their homes here.
Mayor Darren Fowler
Mayor of Medford
My family has worked here. My dad started in 1956 and was here 51 years. Working right next to me are my uncles, cousins, and brother. My brother has been here 27 years, and I’ve been here 29. I was 4 years old the first time I walked in here.