Hill City Mayor releases statement on Neiman sawmill shutting down
HILL CITY, S.D. — Hill City Mayor Kathy Skorzewski released a statement on Tuesday about the announcement that the Neiman Forest Products sawmill in Hill City would be shutting down.
Currently, the mill directly employs 120 people and 12 contract crews. Hill City has a population of approximately 1,000 residents.
Here is Mayor Skorzewski’s full statement from Tuesday:
The news regarding the shut down of the Neiman Forest Products mill in Hill City, SD has come with shock and sadness. The Mill has been a constant member of our community for over 53 years. It has been through family generations and we are not just losing a business, we are losing a member of our Hill City family.
While there will be an obvious financial impact, the bigger loss is to those directly impacted by loss of employment and their families. The mill represented a way of life, unique to the Black Hills. A piece of history that tells our story. While we cannot control what has happened, we will be here for each other, our community, our Hill City family. We will look for creative ways to support those directly impacted by this loss.
We understand that business needs to run and tough decisions need to be made. We do appreciate the efforts of the leadership at the mill and their handling of this very difficult situation with dignity and compassion. We understand their commitment to their employees and our community and thank them for that.
This is now the time to come together as a community. The strong Hill City family that we have created. Some day we will be able to look back on this with memories of this important piece of history. We are Hill City Strong…….
Mayor, Hill City
The company plans on operating for 60 days following the announcement made on Monday, provided they have enough personnel available.