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Canfor ceasing production at Canal Flats sawmill

14.10.2015 − 

Canadian Canfor Corp. is to stop making lumber at its Canal Flats sawmill in British Columbia on 9 November. The company said that it had made this decision because of a lack of roundwood and dwindling demand for softwood lumber, especially from the oil and gas industry. Canfor had already switched production in Canal Flats to a single shift at the start of May for the same reasons. This production cutback halved the number of people working at the sawmill from 160 to 80.

The Canal Flats sawmill, which has a capacity of 180m bdft when running two shifts, has been owned by Canfor since March 2012. At that time, the firm acquired Tembec’s lumber activities in British Columbia that included both Canal Flats and a sawmill in Elko.

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