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July 10, 2014
18:54 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber MDF facility resumes full production
Plum Creek Timber announced that production resumed this week at its Medium Density Fiberboard facility in Columbia Falls, Mont. following a fire that occurred on June 10. The No. 2 production line, which makes between 1/10th- ˝-inch continuous-press fiberboard, restarted June 30 and the company began shipping product to customers. The No. 1 production line resumes full production this week. It produces up to 1 1/2–inch fiberboard. A mechanical failure occurred, causing the fire, which was contained by local fire and safety departments. All employees were safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries. Tom Ray, vice president, northwest resources and manufacturing, said both the fire response and facility repair efforts were outstanding examples of people working together safely to support common goals, “We are very thankful that all the local fire and safety departments rallied to protect the people working at the facility.” He said that Plum Creek will donate $15,000 to be shared by all the response units that helped fight the fire. “Their work is greatly appreciated and we hope these funds support the important work they provide every day to our community,” he said. While production ceased at the facility for about three weeks following the fire, the company continued to ship product to customers from existing inventory. The 183 employees who work at the facility never lost a day of work. All were reassigned to carry out a variety of tasks, including fire watch, cleanup, and repair. In late June, many helped bring production back on line, assisting with equipment testing to ensure it worked safely and met manufacturing standards. Resumption of normal production concludes a month-long recovery and repair process, which relied on the efforts of both employees and contractors. Damages to the plant are estimated in the $8M-10M range. All major repairs to the facility have been completed, including repairs to computer systems, duct work and upgrades to the fire suppression systems. Scaffolding remains visible on the exterior to the plant while the company replaces sheet metal but these activities will not affect plant production. Plum Creek operates Montana manufacturing facilities that produce lumber, plywood and MDF. These products are sold to construction, retail, industrial and other specialty markets.
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November 17, 2015
10:00 EDTPCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna... ExlService (EXLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Fitbit (FIT) upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill... Forward Air (FWRD) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... HD Supply (HDS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Hannover Re (HVRRY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Moody's (MCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PRA Group (PRAA) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Shire (SHPG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Yandex (YNDX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Zayo Group (ZAYO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson.
06:20 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital upgraded Plum Creek Timber (PCL) to Outperform and increased its price target to $56 from $42 on shares following the acquisition by Weyerhaeuser (WY). Analyst Paul Chan likes the merger and said synergies, increased liquidity, and broadened timberlands diversity will make the combined company the investment of choice for investors seeking exposure to the group.
November 16, 2015
08:59 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber price target raised to $58 from $46 at DA Davidson
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November 15, 2015
13:45 EDTPCLWeyerhaeuser shares could return 40% in a year, Barron's says
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