West Fraser will introduce ‘variable operating schedules’ at five of its British Columbia sawmills, starting next week.
The operating schedules at these sawmills will vary and be adjusted from time to time depending on then market conditions. Operations in Williams Lake and Quesnel will have their work week cut down to four days and in 100 Mile House down to three.
West Fraser also announced that it would curtail B.C. plywood production for two weeks.
The production reductions and curtailments are a result of sustained weak markets, pricing in wood product markets and high log costs, according to a company press release. West Fraser anticipates continuing the variable operating schedules at its B.C. sawmills until market and economic conditions support a return to full production.