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Here’s how many BC sawmills have taken downtime so far


June 4, 2019
By Maria Church
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:

Permanent closures:

  • 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.

Downtime:

  • 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.

Shift/hours reduction

  • 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: mchurch@annexbusinessmedia.com.

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