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Sinclar Group Forest Products reducing operations at Nechako Lumber in Vanderhoof

Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is reducing its lumber operations at Nechako Lumber Co. in Vanderhoof.

The company is blaming the reduction on a lack of certainty around economical log supply.

Effective Monday, October 30, Nechako Lumber Operations will permanently reduce its sawmill and planer production from two shifts to one shift.

“We are deeply sorry for the impact this decision will have on our employees, their families, and the community of Vanderhoof,” said Sinclar President Greg Stewart, in a news release.

Stewart added that the industry will continue to be challenged without urgent, and meaningful government action to address the predictability of economic fibre flow in the province.

“This shift-reduction is not an anomaly,” said Stewart. “The problems facing the forest industry in BC are significant, complex, and diverse. They require a cooperative collective response from all governments, First Nation titleholders, stakeholders, and forestry companies.”

Nechako Lumber will continue operating on two shifts until October 27, after which it will reduce to one shift. The Premium Pellet operation in Vanderhoof will continue to run. Sinclar will work with employees, and the communities of Vanderhoof and the Saik’uz First Nation to make the transition as smooth as possible.

The company did not release how many jobs would be affected.

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