Harrisville Dry Kiln closing; Lewis officials seeking buyer

Jul 15, 2013 Read more: Watertown Daily Times 13

The Harrisville Dry Kiln plant is apparently slated for shut-down at the end of this month, but Lewis County officials hope to help find a new buyer before any equipment is removed.

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Free Your Mind

Syracuse, NY

#1 Jul 29, 2013
Never had the right person running the business from day one.
yep

Gouverneur, NY

#2 Jul 30, 2013
free your mind...your right.years ago before the first shovel of dirt was moved I had the chance to be a part of the dry kiln by chance I talked to the first builder/owner and before we got done he asked me to be a part of it.i turned him down because at the time i had just started a new job..i kick myself now.
it,s been sickening to sit back and watch how things have gone.at the start there was very little support from the local people.he couldn,t even get local lumber to dry then new people took over the kiln and like you said..they had the wrong people running it.
just saying

Gouverneur, NY

#3 Jul 30, 2013
Well they had a half decent man named Jay Benson running it and doing a great job years ago, and then for some reason they get rid of him and bring in this young kid named Clint Moore.Clint hired all his family and paid them top dollar to work there, but the ones who worked their asses off who weren't family were treated like crap. They never got their raises and never got their profit checks. Also Clint and his brother worked on their 4 wheelers on company time. Clint's wife was the sceratary of the place. The were laid of. People that had been there year before his family were laid off first before his family. He treated his crew like crap. No wonder this company yet again is not up and operating, aking Jay an older man who knew what he was doing and had it running just fine and getting rid of him for a 20 some yr old kid with no experience is what ruined this once great job opportunity for Harrisville. Its sad to see it go. But it has been a very long time coming, ever since Jay took his last steps off HDK property.
yep

Gouverneur, NY

#4 Jul 31, 2013
JUST SAYING:i know jay and yep I agree with you he was doing good there and should have been allowed to keep running it.
I Agree

United States

#5 Jul 31, 2013
Clint and Victor Moore ran that place right down to nothing. Its sad to have to see it go. It was another good business that Harrisville needed to help boost and better Harrisville and these two young men never knew what they were doing. Gettig rid of Jay was the biggest mistake they ever made. Jay would have made a huge success of the place. He had the expirence and the common sense to do it. He was a goid guy and treated the crew with equality unlike the Moore boys who treated their family better than their hard workers. Thats alot of the reasons the Moore boys couldnt keep good workers there. I hope whoever buys the place keeps them Moore boys right away because i they let them in and let them have any part of management I fear the same things will continue to happen and it will just close alot throughout the year and eventually down for good itself. Harrisville sure did not need this let alone it happenig all over again. Still sad to even know Jays not there even after all these years. He would have done wonders with the place. He is a good man and would have treated his crew great.
not sure

Nixa, MO

#7 Jan 16, 2014
I was an employee of the saw mill last year and you're right. Clint and Vic both treated family better BUTat the same time they treated everybody with the respect deserved. Haven't seen jay in years but went to hs with him and he was quite mature for his age. Would the mill still be running with jay there? Not sure.
stalker

Gouverneur, NY

#8 Jan 17, 2014
Jay thought he new everything , but usually he was fill of himself.
lmfao

Enfield, CT

#9 Jan 17, 2014
Clint treated pple like crap if he wasent your friend or family. and his brother and half the employees were druggies. the people that actually did work hard got crapped on. Like devin moore could do what ever he wanted and got paid days whenever and raises all the time. they ran that place into the ground..
stalker

Gouverneur, NY

#10 Jan 18, 2014
There is a very small profit margin in the lumber industry. The kilns were operated with fuel oil which is very expensive to operate with. The natural gas line that is 200 yds. away could have supplied a much cheaper fuel if a utility would do the tap and supply natural gas but, a study was done a few years back by NYSEG and St. Lawrence gas and it was determined that there wasn't enough demand in Harrisville to justify installing gas lines, after all no one will do all this unless they too can make a profit. The only reason people like Johnson Lumber survive is they established a market years ago and they have a cheaper source of fuel such as natural gas.. New York state is a an expensive place to operate with higher than average wages and high Compensation Insurance ( with people suing employers these days it is mandatory) Think about that the next time you see a man under thirty sitting on a bar stool all day because he is on disability. Management may have been a factor , but not all of the problem, as there was a neighbor trying to sue over vibration that no one else had.
I thought

Albany, NY

#11 Jan 19, 2014
stalker wrote:
There is a very small profit margin in the lumber industry. The kilns were operated with fuel oil which is very expensive to operate with. The natural gas line that is 200 yds. away could have supplied a much cheaper fuel if a utility would do the tap and supply natural gas but, a study was done a few years back by NYSEG and St. Lawrence gas and it was determined that there wasn't enough demand in Harrisville to justify installing gas lines, after all no one will do all this unless they too can make a profit. The only reason people like Johnson Lumber survive is they established a market years ago and they have a cheaper source of fuel such as natural gas.. New York state is a an expensive place to operate with higher than average wages and high Compensation Insurance ( with people suing employers these days it is mandatory) Think about that the next time you see a man under thirty sitting on a bar stool all day because he is on disability. Management may have been a factor , but not all of the problem, as there was a neighbor trying to sue over vibration that no one else had.
Well said! All true and all unfortunate.
jkl

Everett, MA

#12 Mar 17, 2014
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CNY

Baldwinsville, NY

#13 Mar 19, 2014
VERY well said. New York's disability costs are TWICE the #2 state, it is a cottage industry for perfectly able people to fake it. I love it when you get one of these clowns bitching about "people on welfare." I know just one such guy.
stalker wrote:
and high Compensation Insurance ( with people suing employers these days it is mandatory) Think about that the next time you see a man under thirty sitting on a bar stool all day because he is on disability.
That sucks

United States

#14 Apr 7, 2014
Hate seeing jobs leave

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