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Canfor reduces operating schedules at Western Canada sawmills


March 31, 2022
By CFI staff

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Canfor is reducing operating schedules at its B.C. and Alberta sawmills for at least four weeks beginning April 4, the company announced yesterday.

Canfor said the move is due to the “cumulative effects of the unprecedented global supply chain crisis,” and that the company will reassess as conditions evolve.

“We are experiencing extreme supply chain challenges that are significantly impacting our operations and it has become imperative to reduce operating schedules to address our unsustainable inventory levels,” Canfor president and CEO Don Kayne said in a statement.

“We regret the impact that the reduced operating schedules will have on our employees, contractors and communities and we will make efforts to mitigate the negative effects. We will continue to leverage our global operating platform to minimize disruptions in supply to our customers,” Kayne said.

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Canfor expects the reduced operating schedules will impact production capacity by at least 100 million board feet.