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Senator Baucus Spends Work Day at Sawmill

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KALISPELL - Senator Max Baucus spent his 94th work day at Plum Creek Sawmill in Evergreen.
Baucus got his hands dirty this morning working alongside other crew members at Plum Creek Sawmill as he continues his 94th work day across the state.

"It's really invigorating for the employees to just get restarted and have the U.S. Senator come and work with them it's really inspiring for them,"  Plum Creek Vice President Tom Ray said.

All day, Baucus spent time getting acquainted with fellow workers by listening to their concerns while decking, edging and trimming logs.

"I asked them questions about production like how much lumber goes through the mill and where does it go, or if it breaks down. They really appreciate their job that's extremely important,"  Baucus said.

Last month, the company announced it would re-open the mill and hire 30 employees at its Evergreen site. From that moment on, production has continued to progress. Lead Mill Supervisor Irv Erickson, said he was thrilled when he found out the Senior Senator will work on the line.

"It worked out real well because one of our ply workers is sick and is getting his appendix out, so Max came in and I actually showed him what to do and it helped out quite a bit,"  Erickson said.

As Baucus continues his journey working in manual labor on the northeast side of the state, he said it's the people and their dedication that motivates him most.

"I like physical work. It makes you feel like a real person frankly, and  people are just great people, great Arkansas Montana, with their heads screwed on straight and there feet planted on the ground just really good folks,"  Baucus said.

Baucus said he aims to hit 100 work days  before the end of his term. The Senator will host an Economic Development Listening session Thursday morning at the Chamber of Commerce in Kalispell.

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