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Sinclar Group halts production at 3 sawmills due to market conditions

April 6, 2020  By  Maria Church

Apollo Forest Products. CFI file photo.

Global market conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted Prince George, B.C.-based Sinclar Group to shut down lumber production at its three sawmills for the next three weeks.

Nechako Lumber in Vanderhoof, B.C., Apollo Forest Products in Fort St. James, B.C., and Lakeland Mills in Prince George are closing up shop beginning today, the company announced Friday, as reported in the Prince George Citizen.

The company’s wood pellet plant, Premium Pellet, will continue to operate.

“Unfortunately, given the current market conditions globally, the decision to curtail was a question of when, not if,” Sinclar Group president Greg Stewart said. “It was our strong belief that curtailing at this critical time, while the world battles COVID-19, was the right thing to do as it would help reduce the risks to our community, and it allows many of our employees to be at home with their families during a very critical time.”


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