Plywood maker lays off 35 workers in Eugene

      EUGENE, Ore. - A plywood maker laid off 10 percent of its workforce amidst what the industry calls unfair or even illegal competition from Chinese imports.

      Michael Taylor with States Industries said the company was forced to issue pink slips to 35 of its 300 workers in Eugene.

      Taylor said the US International Trade Commission didn't ratify tariffs on Chinese plywood imports as recommended by the Department of Commerce.

      Taylor and others in the plywood industry sought penalties up to 200 percent against China. American plywood makers accused China of dumping subsidized hardwood products in the U.S. market.

      "This is jobs," Roger Rutan with Timber Products Company in Springfield said in November 2012. "You can look at it, stare at it right in your face. Subsidies and incentives for export. They subsidize loans. They subsidize employee wages."

      Those subsidies have given China 60 percent of the U.S. hardwood market, mill owners contended at the time.