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Sinclar permanently curtails production at Nechako Lumber

August 3, 2023  By CFI Staff

Sinclar president Greg Stewart at the 2023 COFI convention in Prince George, B.C. Photo: Annex Business Media.

Sinclar Group Forest Products is curtailing its lumber operations at Nechako Lumber in Vanderhoof as a result of the continuing lack of certainty around economical log supply.

Effective Monday, Oct. 30, Nechako Lumber operations will permanently reduce its sawmill and planer production from two shifts to one shift.

“We are deeply sorry for the impact this decision will have on our employees, their families, and the community of Vanderhoof,” said Sinclar president Greg Stewart.

He added that the industry will continue to be challenged without urgent, and meaningful government action to address the predictability of economic fibre flow in the province.


“This shift-reduction is not an anomaly,” said Stewart. “The problems facing the forest industry in B.C. are significant, complex, and diverse. They require a cooperative collective response from all governments, First Nation titleholders, stakeholders, and forestry companies.”

Nechako Lumber will continue operating on two shifts until Oct. 27, after which it will reduce to one shift. The premium pellet operation in Vanderhoof will continue to run. Sinclar will work with employees, and the communities of Vanderhoof and the Saik’uz First Nation to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Earlier this year, Sinclar curtailed its B.C. lumber operations temporarily.

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