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Sawmill announces layoffs in Spearfish

Reduction in timber harvest blamed for production reductions

Neiman Enterprises has announced layoffs and production reductions at Spearfish Forest Products, its last remaining facility in South Dakota.

The company says the decision is due to a decrease in the timber sale program on the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF).

“We have done everything possible to prevent this unfortunate outcome that will impact these employees, our community, and ultimately the health of the forest,” said Jim Neiman, President.

“We’ve weathered economic and market downturns over the decades. These layoffs, however, are a direct result of the reduction in the Forest Service...