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National Store Keeps Local Residents Employed at Manufacturing Plant

December 10, 2013

Ray Smith works with raw material at Columbia Forest Products. The company, one of the largest employers in the region, is operating 25 hours a day, thanks to Home Depot. (Photos by Christopher Roy)

NEWPORT CITY - Many people believe that big box stores hurt local economies, but one national retailer is helping to keep area residents off the unemployment line.
Glenn Foster, plant manager for Columbia Forest Products in Newport, said 25 percent of his company’s business is making hardwood veneer for merchandise sold by retailers like Home Depot.

Please see The Newport Daily Express Wednesday for the complete story.


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