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Canfor Curtailing Operations at B.C. Sawmills

At the end of December, all of Canfor’s sawmills in British Columbia will be curtailing operations.

The curtailments will impact Canfor’s sawmills in the East Kootenay, located in Elko and Radium Hot Springs. Only the WynnWood Sawmill in Wynndel is excluded as they will be curtailed for just five days.

Canfor announced on Monday that operations will be shut down for two weeks between December 23rd and January 3rd, before all of their sawmills resume operations on January 6th.

“We deeply regret that our employees have been impacted by multiple curtailments in 2019, we know it has been a difficult year for our employees, contractors, their families and the local communities,” said Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President, Canadian Operations, Canfor. “The curtailments are not a reflection on our hard-working employees or contractors. We appreciate all of their efforts and continued commitment to safety during these difficult times.”

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Canfor said the curtailments are a result of the high cost of fibre and weak lumber markets, which they said make operating conditions “uneconomic” in British Columbia.

In addition to previously announced capacity reductions with previous curtailments, Canfor said the two week stretch at the end of December and early January will remove nearly 58 million board feet of production output at their sawmills.

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