Even though it comes as no surprise, the news of Sierra Pacific’s closure is yet another heartbreak for the Humboldt economy gone to pot.
If you will, remove yourself for a few seconds from your love or hatred of the lumber industry. Let’s focus on this – 123 jobs just left Humboldt forever.
And it’s an absolute shame. While the rest of the County was wrapped up in talks about the newest way we’re going to screw the pooch tackling the homeless problem and our pursuit of economic ruin via the cannabis train, a main stay employer of our County breathed its last.
That’s not just 123 jobs that we lost either. In all likelihood, that’s 123 families. Thanks for playing on the “Survivor: Humboldt Edition” show, Sierra Pacific-ers, but you just didn’t quite have what it takes. By that we mean that you failed to turn to an illegal industry to support yourself, and also didn’t feel like sucking off the public money teat like so many others.
But it’s not just the income of Sierra Pacific’s employees that we’ll struggle and ultimately fail to replace. Think about all the surrounding industries that relied significantly on Sierra Pacifics operation to make it through. Before we go, THC thought you’d like to peruse the short list we came up with in about 2.5 seconds:
- Steel suppliers
- Fuel suppliers
- truck drivers
- millwright services
- paving companies
- liquor stores
- office supplies
- log-scale services
- timber packaging service
Got anything else you’d like to add? We know there are tons more out there.
Oh and that wasn’t the sound of a tree falling in the forest you just heard (obviously, because that is not allowed in Humboldt) – that was fir prices hitting rock bottom. Which means a subsequent drop in revenue for those other fir-supplying folks, as well. Our heartfelt condolences to all the people affected by Humboldt’s trickle-down economic failures.
And, just in case you were wondering, yeah – the whole “economy’s gone to pot” thing will be gone in a few years, too. For an added cry/laugh, go ahead and listen to the thunderous applause (about 1 hour and 8 minutes into the recording) in the Supervisors’ chambers when our “historic” marijuana ordinance was passed.
To sort of quote the late Princess Amidala, “So this is how Humboldt’s economy dies…to the sound of thunderous applause.” You may now shudder at the thought that there actually are worse writers out there than THC’s staff.
THC doesn’t have a ton more to say on the subject, folks. Normally, we try – in vain – to be funny. But there really isn’t anything to laugh about in this case. The closure of Sierra Pacific is a huge loss for all of Humboldt County, and if you can’t recognize that, guess what? You’re part of the problem here. And a f*cking idiot, to boot.