Norbord OSB mill fire update
By CNW/Norbord Inc.
May 9, 2016 - Norbord Inc. today provided an update on the fire at its OSB mill in High Level, Alberta.
As previously reported, in the afternoon of May 4, a fire broke out in the mill yard which, as a result of the hot, dry, windy weather conditions in northern Alberta, quickly spread to the log storage area outside the plant. As a precaution, Norbord immediately suspended production at the mill.
Fire crews have contained the fire to one end of the log storage area outside the mill. Norbord continues to assess the damage and currently estimates that the mill should be able to resume production in two weeks. Shipping from finished goods inventory resumed over the weekend.
The High Level, Alberta mill has a stated annual production capacity of 860 million square feet (3/8-inch basis) and has been ramping up towards full production since resuming operations in late 2013. High Level is located approximately 720 kilometres northwest of Edmonton and 400 kilometres west of Fort McMurray.
Norbord Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels and the world's largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to OSB, Norbord manufactures particleboard, medium density fibreboard and related value-added products. Norbord has assets of approximately $1.7 billion and employs approximately 2,600 people at 17 plant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Norbord is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "OSB".