Western Forest Products curtailing production at 3 mills
Weak market conditions and softwood lumber duties impact production.
Western Forest Products Inc. announced temporary production curtailments at three of its sawmills to align production volumes to match current customer demand.
The Vancouver, British Columbia-based integrated forest products producer said it will curtail its Duke Point sawmill for two weeks and its Saltair sawmill for one week in June. The Company will also reduce operating levels from 120 hours per week to 80 hours per week at its Chemainus sawmill.
“The temporary production curtailments are necessary due to challenging market conditions,” said Don Demens, Western president and CEO. “The challenge of weak markets is compounded by the disproportionate impacts of softwood lumber duties on high value products, including Western Red Cedar.”
The curtailment is expected to reduce production by approximately 15 million board feet. Western has an annual lumber capacity in excess of 1.1 billion board feet. Western operates eight sawmills and four remanufacturing facilities.
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