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Mill employees search for work after fire

Henry Fields, with the Oregon Employment Department, says with a strong economy and low unemployment, many companies are looking to hire quality workers.

Posted: May 29, 2018 5:54 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- Employees of the Whitsell mill are now trying to figure out where their next paycheck will come from, but it may come quicker than you think.

At WorkSource Lane in Eugene, officials with the Oregon Employment Department say two former employees have come to their office to get help, and they’re expecting more. WorkSource Lane can help workers by getting them signed up for unemployment benefits and also help them find a new job.

Henry Fields, with the Oregon Employment Department, said with a strong economy and low unemployment, many companies are looking to hire quality workers. He says one sawmill in the area will soon be hiring 20 workers and a commercial painting company will also soon be looking to hire and provide training.

“The people here are always willing to help and can point them in the right direction,” Fields said. “Whether that's temporary employment somewhere else, permanent employment somewhere else, or just staying on their feet until the right opportunity arises, they can help them figure that out.”

KEZI reached out to the mill's supervisors, who didn't want to comment. One former employee said between 100 and 150 people could lose their jobs. Fields believes the loss isn't likely to have a major impact on Lane County's Unemployment rate. He said former mill employees should stop by their offices to learn more about their options sooner rather than later.

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