Oregon Public Broadcasting

The timber giant Weyerhaeuser put its 154-acre mill in Dallas up for auction Tuesday.

Weyerhaeuser acquired the mill during its hostile takeover of Willamette Industries 10 years ago. The mill stands about 15 miles west of Salem and was shuttered in 2009 -- because of the poor economy. It processed logs cut from timberlands in the Coast Range. Weyerhaeuser spokesman, Greg Miller, says the mill has been for sale for awhile.

Miller said, "We didn't have any takers using a real estate broker, so we decided to enlist an auction house."

Miller says a sale would be good news for the local economy as it means a new business would come to town.

A few years ago, Weyerhaeuser built a brand-new saw mill 50 miles away, outside Lebanon.

The Dallas mill essentially ran continuously for 103 years.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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