Oregon Woodworking to Close

May 1, 2007

Doorjamb and other wood products manufacturer Oregon Woodworking Co. will close permanently in the coming months as a result of international competition, company officials report. The Bend, Ore.-based business will layoff its remaining staff of 30 workers, according to a local newspaper report.

The company, established in 1993, will complete its existing orders before closing up shop. The producer once had about 130 employees but started the year with about 60 on the staff, the newspaper says. “We’ve been gradually laying people off since the beginning of the year and we now have to make these layoffs permanent,” Lisa Coats-Taylor told the paper.

Company officials say global competition led to the closure. “We cannot compete with the competition coming from China, period,” Coats-Taylor says. “We have a great product. We just can’t compete on price. For the last few years, I think we’ve had a hard time staying profitable.”

Arthur Pozzi, who founded Pozzi Window Co. in 1978, which was later purchased by Jeld-Wen, is the owner of Oregon Woodworking.