The Pacific Veneer plant in Aberdeen, Washington, formerly owned by Weyerhaeuser Co, has reopened under the ownership of Willis Enterprises, reports The Daily World.

The exact terms of the sale of to Willis were not disclosed, but owner Paul Willis said he had purchased the mill and the 13 acres surrounding it and would lease an additional eight acres from Weyerhaeuser at the small log mill site.

Mr Willis said he expected to begin manufacturing veneer within the next few months with a workforce of 50-60.

The mill has an annual capacity of 210 million ft2, but Mr Willis said it would not reach full capacity – which would require a workforce of 90 – until the housing market rebounds.