Canfor's Chetwynd sawmill curtailed as company cuts production province-wide
Fresh cut lumber is pictured stacked at a mill along the Stave River in Maple Ridge, B.C. Thursday, April 25, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
CHETWYND, BC -- More cutbacks are coming for Canfor, as the company is curtailing production at a number of sawmills, including Chetwynd’s.
Canfor will curtail production at sawmills across BC for two weeks, starting Monday September 26. After that, the mills will continue at reduced operating schedules until the end of 2022.
The mill in Fort St. John is not part of the curtailment.
The company is expecting to reduce around 200 million board feet of production capacity. Canfor says this move is due reduced market demand.
They say employees will still be able to work during the down time if they choose to, completing maintenance and other activities on site.
As for the Taylor Pulp mill, the company is not expecting to consider restarting it until spring, as they say production backlogs aren’t likely to improve by the end of the year.