Here’s how many BC sawmills have taken downtime so far
By Maria Church
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 list of the mills that have been affected thus far this year:
- Canfor sawmill in Vavenby, B.C.
- Tolko Quest Wood sawmill in Quesnel, B.C.
- Norbord OSB mill in 100 Mile House, B.C.
- Louisiana-Pacific OSB mill in Fort St. John, B.C.
- West Fraser Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers and Fraser Lake: one week in June.
- West Fraser Chetwynd: three weeks in first quarter and one week in June.
- West Fraser Chasm and 100 Mile House: three weeks in first quarter, and two weeks in May.
- Tolko’s Armstrong and Soda Creek: two weeks in May/June.
- Teal Jones Surrey mills: Four weeks since January.
- Interfor’s three B.C. Interior mills: unspecified time in May and June.
- Conifex Fort St. James: Three weeks in February and four weeks in May.
- Conifex Mackenzie mill: Three weeks in May.
- Western Forest Products Alberni Pacific Division Sawmill: Closed for a month beginning March 18.
- Western Forest Products Duke Point sawmill: two weeks in June.
- Western Forest Products Saltair sawmill: one week in June.
- Canfor Houston sawmill: one week in first quarter and an additional four weeks from June 17 to July 12.
- Canfor Mackenzie sawmill: one week in first quarter and an additional six weeks from June 17 to July 26.
- Canfor’s B.C. dimension mills: unspecified dates beginning April 29; two weeks in June at all sawmills except WynnWood.
- Tolko Kelowna sawmill
- Aspen Planers sawmill
- Canfor B.C. sawmills in first quarter
- Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill
If I’ve missed any please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.