Woodinville Lumber closes shop, apparently for good

  • Written by Don Mann
Woodinville Lumber
For over 38 years Woodinville Lumber has been providing building related materials for the Puget Sound area. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville Lumber,Inc., and subsidiary Woodinville Construction Services, LLC laid off 114 combined employees Friday, apparently going out of business for good.

"As of the end of the day tomorrow we’re ceasing operations," Woodinville Lumber General Manager Spencer Wutherich told a reporter on Thursday.

But that was all he would say, referring further questions to a Paul Omodt of the public relations firm Padilla, Speer and Beardsley of Minnesota.

Mr. Omodt did not return phone calls or email from the Woodinville Weekly.

For over 38 years Woodinville Lumber has provided professional builders in the Puget Sound region with lumber, trusses and building related materials, according to its Web site.

Its mission statement reads as follows: "We are committed to being the best, to create profit for our customers and ourselves and to have fun doing it. Our promise is to remain on the leading edge of our ever changing industry, to provide strong leadership and to continually earn the confidence of our customers and associates."

According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act requires companies with 100 or more employees to notify affected workers 60 days prior to closures and layoffs. A stack of informational fliers was left at the front desk near the doors of Woodinville Lumber offices Thursday, titled "What happens to my benefits after my employment ends?" and included information on how to file an unemployment claim in Washington state.

At the bottom of the page it said the following: "Your group medical plan coverage will continue until the end of the month in which your termination occurred, unless you elect and pay for COBRA continuation coverage. Your group dental plan coverage will end on your last day of employment, unless you elect and pay for COBRA continuation coverage."

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