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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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