“Thank you for calling Weyerhaeuser … ”
The receptionist at the Cedar Palace in Columbia Falls answered the phone Monday morning with a significant distinction while other employees arrived to work this week under a new company.
A familiar name that has been inextricably tied to Montana’s timber tradition for 70 years is no longer.
Plum Creek Timber Co., a forestry giant built in Columbia Falls that played a key role in forest management, land sales and real estate over several decades, is receding from view.
Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser (pronounced wear-howser) officially merged with Plum Creek on Feb. 19, forming the largest private owner of timberland in the U.S, with more than 13 million acres, including 880,000 acres in Montana. Weyerhaeuser purchased Plum Creek for $8.4 billion and shareholders for both companies approved the deal late last week.