British Columbia-based lumber producer Interfor Corporation is selling its specialty sawmill in Gilchrist, Ore., to Neiman Enterprises. The Oregon mill specializes in ponderosa and lodgepole pine boards.

Operations at the Gilchrist sawmill have been curtailed since mid-June due to economic factors related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Prior to production curtailments, the mill produced 80 million board feet of lumber per year and employed approximately 150 employees.

“After a careful review of the potential future options for the mill, we believe the sale to Neiman offers the best long-term outcome for our employees and the surrounding communities,” Andrew Horahan, Interfor’s vice president of western operations, said in a prepared statement.

Hulett, Wyo.-based Neiman Enterprises is a privately-held, third-generation family business with pine board sawmill operations in Wyoming and South Dakota. The company also has a stud mill in Colorado. Neiman Enterprises said it plans to restart the Gilchrist sawmill in the near future and rehire a number of furloughed workers. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

“This transaction represents a significant step for the Neiman group of companies,” president and CEO of Neiman Enterprises Jim Neiman said. “We look forward to restarting the mill in short order and partnering with the employees and community to ensure the long-term success of this historic operation.”

Interfor owns and operates three U.S. stud mills in Molalla, Ore., Longview, Wash., and Port Angeles, Wash. The lumber producer has operations in Canada and the U.S. with an annual production capacity of approximately 3 billion board feet.