Battle flares over Astoria log exports

Battle flares over Astoria log exports

Westerlund Log Handlers want to end its relationship with China National Buildings Materials Import & Export Co.

China National is seeking to install its own executive atop Westerlund and is demanding immediate repayment of the $3.55 million it loaned Westerlund.

All sides have lawyered up and claims and counterclaims are flying.

"The Chinese think they have an exclusive right to export in Astoria," said Dennis Murphy Jr., of Astoria Forest Products. "They're trying to control the port."

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