Arauco will close its particleboard line in Moncure, N.C., in April and integrate its Moncure MDF line with a moulding line to create an advanced millwork operation.
The closure was attributed to an assessment over several years that the older manufacturing platform was less competitive in a challenging marketplace compared to its other advanced, high-capacity particleboard operations.
“The decision to close a line is difficult and we are working diligently to provide options for impacted personnel, including the new positions created at the millwork facility,” said Pablo Franzini, president of Arauco North America. “We will continue to serve particleboard customers with our other platforms. Additionally, the new investment will strengthen our millwork footprint to better serve our customers.”
Less than two weeks later, Arauco announced it would also be shuttering its MDF plant in Eugene, Or., as of May 1.
The decision was based on an assessment over several years that the older manufacturing site was less competitive compared to its other more advanced MDF operations.