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Canfor announces summer time shut down of all but one of its B.C. sawmills

Canfor Corporation announced Monday it will be temporarily shut down operations at all its British Columbia sawmills, except WynnWood.

The majority of mills will be shut down for two weeks or the equivalent, with extended shut downs of four weeks at Houston and Plateau, and six weeks at Mackenzie.

The shut downs are scheduled to run from June 17 through July 26.

The company is blaming the shut downs on poor lumber markets and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in B.C. uneconomic.

The shut down will reduce Canfor’s production output by approximately 200 million board feet. Following the previously announced closure of Vavenby in July, Canfor will have 12 sawmills in Canada, with total annual capacity of approximately 3.55 billion board feet.