Arauco said the decision, announced Feb. 11, was based on an assessment over several years that the older manufacturing platform was less competitive compared to the company’s other more advanced MDF platforms. Arauco said it will continue to support customers from its other facilities.

“Decisions regarding plant closures are difficult,” said Pablo Franzini, president of Arauco North America. “We are working diligently to provide options for Eugene employees to help them through a difficult transition. We are committed to meeting our customers’ needs from our other facilities.”