Tembec suspends operations at three Quebec sawmills
May 20, 2015 - Tembec is suspending operations at its three sawmills in Quebec due to the high cost of wood supply in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. The company says the wood costs make its sawmills uncompetitive given the persistent weak market prices for lumber in North America. The move affects 360 direct jobs at Tembec.
“Tembec has already expressed its concerns, on many occasions, to the Québec government regarding wood costs at its sawmills in Abitibi-Témiscamingue,” said James Lopez, president and CEO. “Unfortunately, these costs have increased more than 20%. We hope that the Premier of Québec, Mr. Philippe Couillard, will have the determination to act quickly, as he promised during his swearing-in speech of his Cabinet on April 23, 2014.”
Tembec is still trying to obtain from the Québec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks an additional annual volume of some 300,000 m³ of softwood to ensure the long-term operations of its three Abitibi-Témiscamingue sawmills.
As of May 25th, Tembec’s La Sarre, Senneterre and Béarn sawmills will suspend operations for a period of two weeks, removing approximately 12 million board feet of production. Further downtime may be required if conditions do not improve.