Canfor announces permanent shutdown of Isle Pierre sawmill – BC News


Canfor Corporation announced today (May 20) the closure of its Isle Pierre sawmill, located near Prince George. The company said the closure would take effect in the third quarter of 2020 following an orderly cessation of operations.

The closure is the result of an insufficient supply of economically viable wood following the mountain pine beetle epidemic, coupled with a major global economic downturn following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately, the ongoing economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in Canfor’s urgent need to make this difficult decision,” said Don Kayne, President and Chief Executive Officer in a press release.

“We know that today’s announcement will have a significant impact on our employees, contractors, their families and local communities, which we deeply regret. We will work hard to redeploy as many employees as possible to other opportunities throughout the company. “

Based on current one-shift operations, the Isle Pierre sawmill has an annual production capacity of approximately 120 million board feet.

Canfor Pulp Products Inc. also announces the suspension of the Prince George pulp and paper and intercontinental pulp activities for approximately four weeks starting July 6.

“We made the difficult decision to temporarily cut Prince George pulp and paper and intercontinental pulp due to the major global economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of economically viable fibers in the region,” said Kayne in a press release.

The reduction will reduce Canfor Pulp production by approximately 38,000 tonnes of commercial kraft pulp and 12,000 tonnes of kraft paper.

Canfor Pulp has three bleached softwood kraft pulp mills in the North (NBSK), a bleached chemical-thermal-mechanical pulp mill (BCTMP) and a kraft paper mill in British Columbia.


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