Canfor shuttering Canal Flats sawmill in BC
Lack of fibre supply and a depressed market to blame.
VANCOUVER — Integrated forestry products producer Canfor Corp. has closed its sawmill in Canal Flats, BC for good.
The mill, which has a two-shift production capacity of 180 million board feet, will end operations on Nov. 9, affecting 65 workers and nine staff members.
The Vancouver-based company said all employees will be offered opportunities to transfer to the company’s other divisions.
Canfor president and CEO Don Kayne blamed a lack of economically available fibre, combined with depressed market conditions in the oil and gas and lumber markets that the mill serves.
Business Vancouver noted statistics from the Western Wood Products Association show lumber production up 8% at the end of June while prices have dropped 29% during the first eight months of the year.