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60 laid off at plywood plant in Gloster

Sixty workers have been laid off in recent weeks at the Georgia-Pacific plywood plant in Gloster.

G-P spokeswoman Julie Davis said Wednesday that the layoffs were the result of the current conditions in the housing market.

She said she doesn’t know if more layoffs are ahead.

The Gloster mill closed in December 2002 with a loss of some 300 jobs.

It reopened in October 2005, in large part because of the huge amount of salvage timber available in the region from Hurricane Katrina.

The mill currently employs 250 workers.

In November 2005, Koch Industries Inc. announced the purchase of Georgia-Pacific Corp. for $13.2 billion.