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High tech workers more in demand at lumber mills

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- Executives at Southern Oregon forest products companies say that more and more these days they're looking for workers with college degrees, especially in high tech fields

In some cases, they're looking for people to write programs for the machines, saws and robots that turn logs into wood products.

But the executives tell the Roseburg News-Review ( that means filling jobs can be harder these days. Some people with the tech skills the companies need aren't interested in living in small towns in the Southern Oregon forests.

Chuck Wert, chief operating officer for Swanson Group, points out another change in the workforce: He doesn't see many local high school students identifying mill work as a career anymore, although some eventually return to the region and go to work.


Information from: The News-Review,

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