Merritt mill to close in New Year
A lack of timber is blamed for the slated Jan. 11 closure of Ardew Wood Products Ltd. in Merritt, B.C.
By John Tenpenny
Owner of the family-operated business Erik Norgaard told the Merritt Herald limited resources including timber have caused the company to shut down after 47 years.
“Many of the [shortages] are out of our control,” he said in an email. “This was a very difficult conclusion to come to.”
About 55 employees were handed notices saying the last logs would be processed at the mill in January.
The closure’s effects aren’t confined to the mill and its employees. The Upper Nicola Band, Stuwix Resources, Nicola Post and Rail, Pine Ideas and Trace Resources are among contractors that will lose business.
Norgaard refused to comment on the precise reason for the closure, what will happen to the property and equipment, and how much production has dropped since the mountain pine beetle and the recession.
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