Weyerhaeuser will permanently shut two mills in Aberdeen, eliminating about 196 hourly and 25 salaried jobs.

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Weyerhaeuser said Monday it will permanently shut two mills in Aberdeen, blaming “weak market conditions” for the immediate closures.

Approximately 196 hourly and 25 salaried jobs will be eliminated, the company said. The Aberdeen sawmill has capacity to produce 200 million board feet of lumber, while the Pacific Veneer mill in Aberdeen can produce 210 million square feet of veneer.

“We fully understand the major effect of these changes for our employees, contractors and the community, and we will work constructively in the weeks and months ahead to prepare for the transition,” said Tom Gideon, the company’s executive vice president for forest products. “Unfortunately, the current extraordinarily weak market conditions require that we take decisive action.”

Weyerhaeuser’s cost-cutting this year includes last August’s layoff of 1,500 white-collar employees, among them 1,000 at its Federal Way headquarters.