Destroyed by a massive fire almost two years ago, the nearly rebuilt Swanson Group plywood and veneer mill is gearing up with plans to become an industry leader.
Earlier this month, the first 40 employees started working in the new mill southeast of downtown Springfield.
“We are mainly in a startup and test mode,” said Steve Swanson, president and chief executive officer of the company based in the Douglas County town of Glendale.
After the July 2014 fire, Swanson pondered whether to leave Springfield or to build a new mill. He decided to stay and open an even larger mill on its former site, on South F Street.