Monroeville lumber co. lays off 80+

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Harrigan Lumber Co. mill near Monroeville has announced that it will suspend production at its plant and lay off 87 workers.

Company President J. Patrick Harrigan said the sawmill would stop operations late in the week, resulting in slightly more than half of the layoffs.

Harrigan said dry kilns are expected to operate a few days after the sawmill shuts down, but the planer mill may continue operating for about two weeks.

This is the second major layoff at Harrigan Lumber in about a year.

In February 2008, the company laid off 61 of its workers when the second shift was shut down.

Harrigan said falling lumber prices are partly to blame and he hopes the suspension will be short-term.

The company has been in operation in Monroe County since 1974.

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