Hill City Sawmill closing, leaving 120 people out of work

March 24, 2021
Mike Tanner

RAPID CITY, S.D.—Citing a U.S. Forest Service decision to reduce timber sales, a Black Hills sawmill that employs 120 people will be shutting down after 53 years in business.

Neiman Enterprises President Jim Neiman made the announcement this week.

He says approximately 80-percent of the Hill City Sawmill’s lumber supply comes from the Black Hills, but in Nieman’s words, “the U.S. Forest Service continues to ignore recommendations from the experts on allowable timber sales.”

Governor Noem weighed in, calling it, “devastating news for the Sawmill’s employees, their families and the Hill City community.”

Noem says this could have been avoided if the federal government properly managed the Black Hills National Forest.