Interfor to take market related downtime in U.S. South
September 3, 2015 - Interfor Corporation (Interfor) has announced plans to reduce production across its operating platform in the U.S. South by 20 percent on a temporary basis in response to weak market demand.
The curtailments will be taken by way of reduced hours at five of the company's mills in the region and will remain in place until market conditions dictate otherwise.
"Prices for Southern Yellow Pine lumber have fallen by 27 percent since the beginning of the year as available supply has outstripped product demand in the region," said Duncan Davies, Interfor's president and CEO.
"This action will help bring Interfor's production and the needs of our customers back into balance. It will also help to keep inventory levels in check as we move into the fall."
The curtailments are at Interfor's sawmills in Baxley, Thomaston and Meldrim, Ga.; Georgetown, S.C.; and Monticello, Ark. During this time, Interfor will implement a series of planned maintenance and reliability improvements at the affected sawmills which will offset the financial impact of the curtailments on a go-forward basis.
Interfor has nine sawmills across the U.S. South, with total annual capacity of approximately 1.3 billion board feet.
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Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. The Company has annual production capacity of more than 3 billion board feet and offers one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world. For more information about Interfor, visit the website at www.interfor.com.