Canfor announces more curtailments


Canfor announced 75 million board feet in additional production curtailments on Tuesday.

Production at the forestry company's Prince George, Polar, Houston and Fort St. John sawmills will be curtailed during the week after Labour Day, the company announced at the end of the business day on Tuesday.

In addition, Canfor's Plateau sawmill in Vanderhoof and the Houston mill will transition to a four-day work week in September. The reduced work week will remain in effect at those mills until market and economic conditions "support a return to the full operating schedule of five days per week," a statement by the company said.

"The curtailments are due to the ongoing low price of lumber and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in B.C. uneconomic," the statement said.

The new curtailments are in addition to previous curtailments announced earlier this year.

In July, Canfor announced an "indefinite curtailment" at its Mackenzie sawmill and permanently eliminating a shift at its Isle Pierre sawmill. The shutdown in Mackenzie took place in July, while the shift reduction at Isle Pierre doesn't come into effect until Sept. 20.

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