Preserve Lumber Facilities

Some lawmakers want to require that a lumber or wood products company that shutters operations in Minnesota maintain its facilities for at least two years after closure.

The proposal also would prevent a lumber company employing more than 100 people from permanently removing equipment from a closed facility for two years.

Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, said the provision, which is included in his House workforce development bill, is aimed at the Ainsworth Lumber Co., which closed its Bemidji and Cook facilities early this year.

Senators are advancing similar legislation.