Canfor Corporation, an integrated forest products manufacturer, announced it will be curtailing operations at all British Columbia sawmills at the end of December 2019.
According to the company’s announcement, all sawmills, with the exception of WynnWood, will be curtailed for two weeks from December 23 through January 3, with operations resuming on January 6. WynnWood will be curtailed for five days.
“We deeply regret that our employees have been impacted by multiple curtailments in 2019, we know it has been a difficult year for our employees, contractors, their families and the local communities. The curtailments are not a reflection on our hard-working employees or contractors. We appreciate all of their efforts and continued commitment to safety during these difficult times.”Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President, Canadian Operations, Canfor.
The curtailments are due to the high cost of fibre and continued weak lumber markets, which are making the operating conditions in BC uneconomic. They will remove almost 58 million board feet of production output and are in addition to all previously announced capacity reductions.