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Canfor extending springtime shutdowns at most B.C. sawmills

Canfor is extending previously announced springtime shutdowns at its British Columbia sawmills.

“Canfor is experiencing a significant decrease in customer demand due to the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in the difficult decision to take additional downtime in Canada,” said Don Kayne, Canfor president and CEO. “Our top priority continues to be supporting our employees through this challenging time. We are encouraged by the financial relief programs the provincial and federal governments are implementing to support all impacted workers.”

The shutdowns at Houston, Plateau, Isle Pierre, Radium and Elko will be extended to May 1 while Polar, Chetwynd and WynnWood will be shut down from April 13 to May 1.

The Prince George sawmill will continue to operate.

Canfor will continue to assess operating rates on a weekly basis and will adjust as needed in response to the rapidly evolving market conditions, changes in customer demand and the global COVID-19 response, according to a statement issued by the company.

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