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Western Forest Products curtails sawmill for a month
Alberni Pacific Division Sawmill in Port Alberni will be closing for a month starting on March 18. Western Forest Products owns and operates the mill. “We are temporarily suspending operations for a four-week period starting on March 18,” WFP director of communications Babita Khunkhun confirmed late Friday, March 8. For more, click here...

Conifex temporarily curtailing Fort St. James operations in 1Q
Conifex Timber, Vancouver, B.C., announced that it is temporarily curtailing sawmill operations at its Fort St. James, B.C., sawmill for three weeks commencing February 4, due primarily to continued high log costs and lumber market conditions. The temporary curtailment, together with Conifex's previously announced curtailment which commenced in January, will result in an estimated 28% reduction in Conifex's B.C. lumber production for the first six months of this year.

Canfor announces additional sawmill curtailments
Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announced today it will be temporarily curtailing operations at three British Columbia mills due to log supply constraints, log costs, and current market conditions. Canfor’s sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks from February 11 to March 22, 2019. In addition, Canfor’s sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in Q1. For more, click here...

Canfor back to full production
Canfor has resumed operations at its Houston mill following what turned out to be an extended Christmas shutdown. The shutdown, termed a curtailment by the company, was in effect at all of its operations at the end of 2018 due to a continuing decline in lumber prices as well as high log costs and a shortage of logs. Operations resumed January 7 following a December 24-28, 2018 closure which was extended to include January 2 to 4. For more, click here...

West Fraser announces temporary curtailments in B.C.
West Fraser announced January 14 temporary curtailments of approximately three weeks of production throughout the first quarter of 2019 at each of three British Columbia sawmills: Chasm, 100 Mile House, and Chetwynd. In addition, the Williams Lake Sawmill will be shut down for approximately a week to complete certain capital upgrades. The decision to temporarily reduce production at Chasm, 100 Mile House, and Chetwynd is a result of price declines in lumber markets, high log costs, and log supply constraints. Total production curtailed in the first quarter of the year is expected to reduce SPF lumber production by approximately 50 million board feet, in addition to previously announced measures.

Canfor extends temporary B.C. curtailment
Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announced today it will be extending its temporary curtailment at sawmills in British Columbia (B.C.) and will be reducing operating hours at some sawmills throughout Q1 2019. This decision is due to a continuing decline in lumber prices, in addition to high log costs and log supply constraints. The curtailment extension and reduction in operating hours is expected to reduce Canfor's production output by an additional 55 million board feet in Q1. The sawmills are scheduled to resume production on January 7, 2019. Canfor has 13 sawmills in Canada, with a total annual capacity of approximately 3.8 billion board feet.

Canfor shutting down B.C. operations Christmas week
Canfor sawmill workers are getting the week of Christmas off. This follows a curtailment last month, in which the operations reduction applies to all B.C.-based mills as a result of current market conditions. “We have announced extended downtime at all of our B.C. sawmills beginning December 24th,” says Canfor spokesperson Michelle Ward in a statement. “We expect production to return to regular schedule beginning in Q1 of 2019; however, there will be no layoffs.” For more, click here...

Conifex announces curtailment at B.C. sawmill
Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX: CFF) announced November 30 that it intends to temporarily reduce operating capacity at its Fort St. James, B.C., sawmill starting January 1, 2019, due primarily to log costs and current lumber market conditions. This is expected to continue until about mid-2019, resulting in an estimated 25% reduction in Conifex’s B.C. lumber production during such period and a temporary workforce reduction of approximately 70 employees. For more, click here...

West Fraser announces temporary curtailments in B.C.
Today West Fraser announced it will implement temporary production curtailments over the holiday period at four of its British Columbia sawmills. The company’s operations in Chasm, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, and Chetwynd are all affected by the decision. The curtailments are expected to reduce SPF lumber production by approximately 25 million board feet in 2018. For more, click here...

Tolko to curtail lumber operations in Armstrong, Kelowna, B.C.
As a result of the continued downturn in the market and high log costs, Tolko’s lumber operations in Armstrong and Kelowna, B.C. will take downtime during the months of December and January. Downtimes will occur as follows: Armstrong Lumber will take downtime from November 30 to December 11 inclusive, to complete a pre-planned capital upgrade. Following December 11, production will resume as normal. Kelowna Lumber will take downtime from Monday, December 24, 2018 – Friday, January 4, 2019. Normal operations will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.

West Fraser announces production reduction in B.C.
Today West Fraser announced it will permanently curtail approximately 300 million board feet of combined lumber production at its Fraser Lake and Quesnel, B.C., sawmills. The curtailment will be realized through the elimination of the third shift at each sawmill. The reduction in lumber production is expected to impact approximately 60 employees at Fraser Lake and 75 employees at Quesnel Sawmill over the first and second quarter of 2019. The company expects to mitigate the impact on affected employees by offering them work opportunities at other West Fraser operations. For more, click here...

Resolute announces curtailment
Resolute Forest Products, Montreal, has made the decision to curtail production at many of its sawmills throughout the fourth quarter. The cutbacks will be the equivalent of approximately 10% of the company's total lumber production capacity, according to a spokesman. The company cited current lumber market conditions that have become increasingly challenging in the past several months, and extremely wet weather in recent weeks that is affecting the transportation and cost of logs.

Conifex announces curtailment at B.C. sawmill
Conifex announced they will be temporarily curtailing their operations at their Fort St. James, B.C., sawmill for at least four weeks starting Monday (Nov. 12). “We have made the difficult decision to temporarily curtail our Fort St. James sawmill in Q4 due to the combined impact of increasing log costs, deteriorating log quality as the availability of commercially viable mountain pine beetle timber reaches an end, falling lumber prices, and punitive lumber export duty impositions,” says Ken Shields, Conifex’s Chair and CEO in a press release. For more, click here...

Canfor temporarily curtailing B.C. operations in Q4
Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announced today it will be curtailing sawmill operations in British Columbia (BC) during Q4 2018 due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions. The curtailment is expected to reduce Canfor’s B.C. production output by approximately 10% throughout the quarter. For more, click here...

Vaagen curtailing production at Midway mill
Vaagen Fibre Canada will be curtailing to one shift of production effective November 5 at its mill in Midway, B.C. The mill currently runs two shifts. A company statement said this reduction stems from unprecedented high costs of open-market logs, combined with a record collapse in the framing lumber market. As an independent sawmill without quota or tenure, all logs into Vaagen Fibre Canada are purchased on the open market in B.C., which is not providing a sustainable operating environment at this time.

Tolko to curtail B.C. sawmill
Tolko Industries Limited told their employees in Quesnel, B.C., October 13 that they will be curtailing operations at their Quest Wood lumber mill effective immediately. The decision is based on high log costs and poor market conditions, according to an email from Donna Pincott, Tolko’s Manager of Communications. For more, click here...

Interfor announces curtailment in B.C.
Interfor Corporation, Vancouver, B.C., today announced plans to temporarily reduce production across its operating platform in the B.C. Interior in Q4’18 due to a combination of declining lumber prices and escalating log costs. The curtailment is expected to reduce production in the region by approximately 20% during the quarter and will be taken by way of reduced operating days and extended weekends/holiday breaks. Interfor has three sawmills in the B.C. Interior, with total annual capacity of approximately 750 million board feet.

Western Forest Products' Ladysmith sawmill operations suspended
The Western Forest Products Ladysmith, B.C., sawmill division has been closed until further notice due to a log shortage resulting from this summer’s wildfires, the Chronicle has confirmed. The local plant ceased operations as of Sept. 21 to mid-October, although no firm date for a reopening is known as of yet. Spokesperson Babita Khunkhun said the company’s goal is “to minimize the downtime and replenish inventories as soon as possible.” For more, click here...

Canfor suspends operations at Isle Pierre sawmill
Canfor has announced that due to the extreme fire season in B.C. that its Isle Pierre sawmill in Prince George has suspended operations, effective September 4. A company spokesman said that the vast majority of harvesting activities have been halted in the region west of Prince George, which has depleted the mill's log inventory. Dependent on the fire risk dropping, harvesting activities resuming next week, and log inventories being resupplied, the company is optimistic that operations will resume September 10.

Conifex suspends operations at Fort St. James
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an evacuation alert due to wildfire activity for an area which includes the town of Fort St. James and our mill site. As wildfire conditions continued to deteriorate, Conifex Timber temporarily suspended operations Friday of last week. The wildfires in British Columbia are volatile and continue to evolve, with the Province recently declaring a provincial state of emergency on August 15, 2018. Conifex currently expects to restart operations at the Fort St. James mill later this week but will continue to assess the wildfire situation and make further operational decisions accordingly. For more, click here...

Tolko to idle production at High Level mill
Tolko Industries announced plans to idle production of the large canter line at its sawmill in High Level, Alberta in July and August. Company officials cited ongoing railcar supply issues that have resulted in significant excess lumber inventory at the mill.

Skeena announces one-week shutdown
Skeena Sawmills, Terrace, B.C., is shutting down the mill for a week due to a shortage of logs available for purchase. The mill announced the temporary closure until May 7 in a press release Tuesday, saying the allowable annual cut provides only half of what they need to operate on one shift. For more, click here...

Vaagen indefinitely curtails Midway mill
Beginning March 30, the Vaagen Midway (B.C.) Mill will be curtailed for an indefinite period due to log shortages stemming from the 2017 fire season. The operation was running one-and-a-half shifts and produces 120 million board feet annually with this schedule. The mill will resume production upon sufficient log flow and inventory. Shipping of inventory will continue during this period. Layoffs are expected as a result of this curtailment and will occur in stages pending timber supply.

Timber supply prompts layoffs at Gorman
A lagging lumber supply has led West Kelowna’s Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. to let go of at least 20 employees. Nick Arkle, Gorman’s co-CEO, told Okanagan Edge that the mill has cut down its third shift over the past few weeks as it adjusts to a dwindling supply of logs left over from the Mountain Pine Beetle’s massacre of B.C. forests. For more, click here...

Western Forest Products indefinitely curtails Somass Sawmill
Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) (“Western” or the “Company") today announced the indefinite curtailment of its Somass Sawmill, located in Port Alberni, B.C. The Somass Sawmill has been temporarily curtailed since February 2017, prior to which it operated on a single shift basis. Western intends to offer voluntary severance to its Somass Sawmill hourly employees. For more, click here...

Tolko adds another mill to fire-related closure list
Due to fire activity in the Cariboo, Tolko Industries Ltd. will be curtailing its Quest Wood operation in Quesnel, B.C. as of Monday, July 24th. The mill employs approximately 200 people and produces 210 million board feet of dimension lumber on an annual basis. “With wildfires burning and the fire risk still at extreme levels, we are unable to conduct logging activities," said Troy Connolly, Senior General Manager, Lumber. For more, click here...

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