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West Fraser plywood operations temporarily suspend production
West Fraser announced a temporary, two-week suspension of production at its Alberta Plywood operations and High Prairie sawmill to address low log inventories for the facilities. Log inventories in support of these mills have been adversely impacted by wildfire-related logging curtailments, compounded by recent wet weather. The decision to implement this temporary reduction provides time to build log inventories to more appropriate levels. Plywood production is anticipated to be reduced by approximately 13 million square feet, while the impact on Alberta lumber production is anticipated to be minor.
7/3/2019


Norbord resumes production at Alberta OSB mill
Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) today reported that its OSB mill in High Level, Alberta was cleared to restart, and safely resumed normal operations over the weekend. The MacKenzie County mandatory evacuation order and town of High Level evacuation alert were both lifted this afternoon and MacKenzie County remains under an evacuation alert. On June 18, Norbord reported that its High Level OSB mill had temporarily suspended production due to the wild fires burning nearby in the region. For more, click here...
6/25/2019


Canoe extends downtime at plywood plant
Canoe Forest Products has announced that its plywood plant in Canoe, B.C., will remain down through the week of July 8. The company had previously announced that it would be down the week of July 1 due to high log costs and market conditions.
6/25/2019


Roseburg announces temporary curtailments at western U.S. plants
Roseburg today announced temporary curtailments over the July 4 holiday week at several of its western U.S. plants. The curtailments range from one to seven days, and are the result of current market conditions. Affected plants include Roseburg’s plywood plants in Coquille, Dillard and Riddle, Ore., as well as its Riddle Engineered Wood plant. The company’s Dillard Lumber, Dillard Particleboard and Medford MDF plants will be closed for the July 4 holiday. Shipping will continue normally at all facilities.
6/21/2019


Fire forces suspension of production at Norbord OSB mill
Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) today reported that its OSB mill in High Level, Alberta has temporarily suspended production due to the wildfires burning nearby in the region and in order to comply with an evacuation order in MacKenzie County. The Company also anticipates an evacuation order being issued for the town of High Level. All non-essential mill employees have been safely evacuated and no injuries have been reported. At this time, Norbord is assessing the impact to its production schedule. The mill was secure at the time of evacuation. The High Level, Alberta mill has a stated annual production capacity of 860 million square feet (3/8-inch basis) and has been ramping up toward full production since resuming operations in late 2013.
6/19/2019


Canoe announces plywood plant curtailment
Canoe Forest Products has announced that its plywood plant in Canoe, B.C., will be down the week of July 1 due to high log costs and market conditions. The curtailment will impact about 150 employees.
6/18/2019


LP announces indefinite curtailment at OSB mill in B.C.
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (NYSE: LPX) announced today that its Peace Valley facility in Fort St. John, B.C., will indefinitely curtail production of oriented strand board (OSB) beginning early in the third quarter. “Despite efforts by our Peace Valley team to reduce costs over the past several months, this decision is necessary to support the optimization of our OSB business in challenging market conditions,” said Jason Ringblom, LP Executive Vice President for OSB. “Declining housing starts, high wood costs and associated cost pressures require us to take this action that aligns with our performance driven strategy.” The Peace Valley OSB mill currently employs approximately 190 people. It has a stated annual capacity of 800 million square feet (3/8-inch basis).
6/13/2019


Norbord announces indefinite curtailment of OSB mill in B.C.
Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) announced June 11 its intention to indefinitely curtail production at its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in 100 Mile House, B.C., starting in August 2019. The Cariboo region in which the Company’s 100 Mile House mill is located has been under mounting wood supply pressure for the past decade as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic. This challenge has been more recently exacerbated by the significant wildfires that the province of British Columbia experienced in the summers of both 2017 and 2018. The resulting wood supply shortage and high wood prices do not support the economic operation of the mill at this time, the company said in a press release. For more, click here...
6/12/2019


Boise Cascade announces downtime at plywood plant
Boise Cascade has announced that its plywood mill in Elgin, Ore., will be down June 10-17 due to market conditions.
6/4/2019


G-P announces particleboard plant closures
Georgia-Pacific announced today that it will close two particleboard facilities in Hope, Ark., and Monroeville, Ala., over the next couple months and will not rebuild its Thomson, Ga. facility, which experienced a catastrophic fire last week. Approximately 100 employees at each facility will be impacted. Georgia-Pacific's particleboard production in Diboll, Texas, will remain in operation. For more, click here...
6/4/2019


Norbord resumes OSB production at High Level
Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) today reported that its OSB mill in High Level, Alberta, resumed production this week after the evacuation order for the town of High Level was lifted. On May 21, Norbord reported that its OSB mill in High Level had temporarily suspended production in order to comply with evacuation orders due to wildfires burning in the region. For more, click here...
6/4/2019


Tolko's Athabasca division in Alberta suspends operations due to wildfire
Tolko’s Athabasca OSB division in Slave Lake, Alberta has temporarily suspended operations as the province has issued an eight-hour evacuation alert for the town. “All employees, other than those who have been identified as essential to asset protection, have been evacuated and sent home. With the town on an eight-hour evacuation notice, we want people to be prepared in case a mandatory evacuation order is issued,” says Vice President, Strand-based Business, Jim Baskerville. “The safety of our employees and their families is our priority.” For more, click here...
5/31/2019


Tolko announces OSB curtailment
Tolko Industries has announced that its OSB mill in Meadow Lake, Sask., will be down for maintenance from May 7-13.
4/25/2019


Tolko announces maintenance shutdown at OSB mill
Tolko announced today that its OSB mill in Athabasca, Alberta, will be down for eight days, beginning April 3, for scheduled maintenance.
3/27/2019


Boise Cascade announces plywood curtailment
Boise Cascade has announced that it will curtail production at its plywood mill in Medford, Ore., for seven days beginning March 24 due to market conditions.
3/22/2019


Tolko plywood and veneer operations to take downtime
Tolko’s plywood and veneer operations in Kamloops, Armstrong, and Lumby, B.C. will take downtime during the month of December. Vice President of Solid Wood, Troy Connolly, said the decision is a result of market conditions and log costs in the province. Downtimes will occur as follows: Heffley Creek will be down from December 24 through January 1 for plywood and veneer production; Armstrong Plywood will be down December 24 through January 1 for plywood production; White Valley Veneer will be down December 24-26 for green veneer production.
12/10/2018


G-P closing Georgia plywood mill
Georgia Pacific announced plans to close its Warm Springs plywood production facility, resulting in the loss of about 300 jobs. The public announcement came on the company's Twitter account: "Sharing difficult news: we will be closing our plywood facility in Warm Springs, Ga by the end of the year. This closure will affect approximately 300 of our employees." For more, click here...
11/28/2018


Washington plants announce downtime
Hoquiam Plywood and Pacific Veneer will take maintenance downtime the entire Thanksgiving week.
11/16/2018


Freres announces holiday downtime at plywood plant
Freres Lumber Company has announced its holiday shutdown periods for maintenance and projects at the plywood plant in Mill City, Ore. The plant will be shut down the entire Thanksgiving week, November 19-23. Normal truck loading hours are in place November 19-21. Additionally, the plant will be shut down from December 21-January 6, with production resuming January 7. Normal truck loading hours are in place for December 26-28 and January 2-4.
11/13/2018


S.D.S. announces plywood plant curtailment
S.D.S. Lumber, Bingen, Wash., will be taking its plywood production down the week of October 29 for steam plant maintenance. The restart will be dependent on the duration of repairs and market conditions.
10/23/2018


Freres curtails plywood plant
Effective immediately, Freres Lumber Company announces that their plywood plant in Mill City, Ore., will shut down for one week due to market conditions. The company cited an excessive amount of imported plywood currently available to U.S. markets. Beyond this week, production decisions will be monitored weekly.
10/23/2018


Freres announces downtime at plywood plant
Freres Lumber Company’s plywood plant in Mill City, Ore., will be going down for maintenance on July 3 and will resume production on July 9. Normal truck loading and shipping will occur on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. There will be no loading on July 4.
6/26/2018


Tolko announces 8-day shutdown at Alberta OSB mill
Tolko Industries announced that it will shut down production for eight days at its OSB mill in Athabasca, Alberta, beginning April 30. The company cited railcar supply issues as the reason for the curtailment.
4/26/2018


Tolko curtailing OSB plant next week
Tolko Industries announced that its OSB plant in High Prairie, Alberta, would be down for five days, beginning April 16, due to railcar supply issues that have plagued the region.
4/12/2018


Production resumes at damaged Martco OSB mill
Martco announced that production has resumed at its oriented strand board mill in Oakdale, La., after repairs to the facility's press were completed on April 11. Mechanical issues had idled the plant since March 22.
4/12/2018


Martco announces downtime at OSB mill
A company spokesman issued the following statement: "Martco L.L.C.’s Oakdale, La., oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturing facility is currently offline due to an unforeseen mechanical issue. The safe resumption of normal production is a top priority. While repairs are currently underway, the timeframe in which production will be restored is undetermined at this time. Martco is committed to keeping its valued suppliers and customers informed of progress and regrets inconveniences this outage may pose. Our sales team is on standby to assist customers with questions relating to product needs or the startup of Martco L.L.C.’s Oakdale facility. Thank you for your patience."
3/22/2018


Norbord to suspend production at B.C. OSB mill
Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) announced today that a shortage of wood will cause it to temporarily suspend production at its oriented strand board (OSB) mill in 100 Mile House, British Columbia. Norbord currently expects the suspension to commence on or about May 14, 2018 and to continue for approximately one month. The significant wildfires that the province of British Columbia experienced in the summer of 2017 seriously damaged logging areas surrounding the 100 Mile House mill. Further, the severe weather conditions this winter have limited loggers’ ability to access the forests during the months when the mill typically builds its annual log inventory. For more, click here...
3/15/2018


Washington veneer plant taking downtime
Pacific Veneer, Aberdeen, Wash., will be down the week of December 25 for maintenance. The shipping department will continue to operate.
12/22/2017


Alabama plywood mill schedules two-week shutdown
Scotch Plywood Co., Fulton, Ala., has announced that its plywood mill will be down for scheduled maintenance for two weeks, from December 21 until January 2. Shipping and sales will be open December 27-29 during the shutdown.
12/6/2017


Oregon plywood plant announces holiday downtime
Freres Lumber Co. Inc., has announced that its plywood plant in Mill City, Ore., will be down December 21 through January 1 for maintenance. Production will resume January 2. With the exception of December 25-26 and January 1, normal shipping/loading hours will remain in place.
12/5/2017


Tolko taking maintenance downtime at plywood plant
Tolko's Heffley Creek Division will be taking downtime between December 22 and January 2 to complete required maintenance on the plywood press.
12/1/2017


Boise curtailing plywood mill in December
Boise Cascade has announced that its plywood mill in Chester, S.C., will shut down December 1-9 for maintenance.
11/2/2017


Boise Cascade taking maintenance downtime at plywood plant in Washington
Boise Cascade has announced that it is taking maintenance downtime at its plywood facility in Kettle Falls, Wash., from November 19-27.
10/25/2017


Boise Cascade announces downtime at plywood plants
Boise Cascade has announced that two plywood plants in Louisiana will be taking maintenance downtime in November. The company's plant in Florien will be down November 17-24, and the Oakdale operation will be down November 20-26.
10/12/2017


Tolko's veneer, plywood operations schedule downtime
Tolko's White Valley Veneer division, Armstrong, B.C., will be taking downtime during the week of October 9 for capital improvements to the log processing and lathe line areas. The interruption in green veneer supply will impact downstream dry veneer and plywood production at the Armstrong Plywood plant for the weeks of October 9 and 16.
8/28/2017


Norbord resumes production at 100 Mile House
Norbord Inc. says its oriented strand board mill in 100 Mile House, B.C., resumed production over the weekend, according to the Canadian Press. The company says work restarted after an evacuation order for 100 Mile House and nearby communities was lifted. Norbord temporarily suspended production on July 10 due to the wildfires burning in the region. The company says the curtailment is not expected to materially impact its third-quarter results.
7/24/2017


Norbord suspends production at OSB mill in BC due to wildfire
Norbord Inc. (TSX and NYSE: OSB) today reported that its OSB mill in 100 Mile House, B.C. has temporarily suspended production due to the wildfires burning nearby in the region and in order to comply with evacuation orders in the 100 Mile House and surrounding areas. At the time of evacuation, the mill was secure. At this time, Norbord is assessing the impact to its production schedule. All mill employees have been safely evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The 100 Mile House mill has a stated annual production capacity of 440 million square feet (3/8-inch basis).
7/10/2017


Roseburg announces plywood curtailments
The Roseburg Forest Products plywood mills in Coquille and Riddle, Ore., will be down for maintenance the week of July 3.
6/30/2017


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