June 4, 2019
[This post was last updated on Jan. 17, 2020]
Hardly a week goes by that we’re not hearing of new sawmill curtailments or closures in B.C. We knew it would be a rough year for Western Canada’s lumber producers, but that doesn’t stop us from cringing each time a news release is sent out announcing planned downtime, to say nothing of the direct effect on employees and communities.
For those wondering about the extent of the situation, here’s a map and list of the mills that have been affected thus far this year:
If I’ve missed any please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay on top of the news at www.woodbusiness.ca, including weekly lumber market reports from Madison’s Lumber Reporter.
Correction: An earlier version of this article listed all mill closures as permanent. Some of these closures are indefinite, rather than permanent.
Maybe if everyone affected by mill closures/curtailments moved to the lower mainland to live in some park they might actually get some attention (just saying)
Canfor sawmill in Mackenzie is an indefinite closure Not a permanent closure as reported in this article
Appreciate the comment, Joan. We’ve updated the article to clarify.
Why hasn’t the price of lumber dropped at the hardware stores? Even though the mills claim they can not make money with the price of lumber being so low? It is a smoke screen. They have closes mills in our small communities and left these messes. They will not sell the plant sites because they have to do an environmental clean out at these plants, it is cheaper for them to keep playing the tax on the property. The other crappy thing is that they hire contractors from out of town to come disassemble the equipment to ship to other mills ( I get that) but they hire out of area contractors and not even giving a few local some work to help with these projects. It is so frustrating with the amount of waste that goes on.
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