Canfor to shut down sawmills for two weeks

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All of Canfor's British Columbia sawmills, with the exception of one, will be shut down over Christmas and New Years, the company said Monday.

The two-week curtailment will begin Mon., Dec. 23 with operations resuming on Fri., Jan. 3.

The company's WynnWood specialty operation in Wynndel, will be down for five days.

The high cost of fibre and continued weak lumber markets are behind the moves, the company said.

The curtailments will remove almost 58 million board feet of production output.

"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," Canfor senior vice president of Canadian operations, Stephen Mackie, said in a statement.

"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."

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