Mill sees first train pull in to pick up lumber products

Mill sees first train pull in to pick up lumber products

COQUILLE, Ore. -- Timber is a big industry on the south coast, and on Monday, shipping got a whole lot easier.

Roseburg Forest Products in Coquille saw a train pull into the mill on Monday for the first time in more than six years.

The Port of Coos Bay just finished rehabbing the rail line.

The Coquille mill will now be able to use the railroad to transport and ship its products again, according to Jeff Brandt, the director of Transportation for the company. "We're allowed to reach our customers in a more efficient manner," he said. "We're more competitive now, so we can keep the plant going, satisfy our customers and also, it's good for the environment and the community."

Up to 12 box cars of plywood will be shipped every other day from the mill.

The train makes a stop in Coos Bay before heading out across the country.