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Conifex extends Mackenzie sawmill shut down by three weeks

Conifex CEO Ken Shields
Conifex CEO Ken Shields

Conifex Timber announced today that it is extending the temporary shut down of its Mackenzie sawmill operations for three weeks until September 3.

The company announced a two-week shut down in late July, which started July 29. It blamed high log costs and lumber market conditions on the extended shut down.

“We regret the impact that the curtailment will have on our employees and the community,” said Kenneth Shields, Chair and CEO of Conifex, in a news release. “We are exploring initiatives with the Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the District of Mackenzie, and other forest industry stakeholders to help enable us to sustain operations through the remainder of 2019.”