The old sawmill in Camino that saw service for over a hundred years is in the process of being dismantled with no new plans for the site at present.
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Owned by Sierra Pacific Industries and located on Carson Road in Camino, spokesperson Mark Palicki said the main sawmill building has been coming down over the last couple years. The company is now in the process of taking down the old planer building. Palicki said it would take three to four months to take that building down entirely.
“We don’t have any specific plans for the site where the old buildings were at, he said, noting they were brought down because they were a safety and fire hazard and not useful.
“Pretty much everything will be taken down and will not be rebuilt,” he said, although a few of the older structures on site will remain because they are being leased.
The sawmill shut down back in 2009. At the time of its closure, it employed more than 150 people. However, once unused it became a target for would-be thieves who stole its copper wire and other valuables. The mill was closed because of decreased demand for lumber following the downturn in home construction. Sierra Pacific also cited regulations and fees imposed by the U.S. Forest Service as additional reasons for closing the mill.
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