West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. has announced it is permanently curtailing approximately 170MMBF of combined production at its Fraser Lake and Williams Lake sawmills and approximately 85MMSF of plywood production at its Quesnel Plywood mill.
The curtailments will be realized through the elimination of one shift at each facility. The reduction in capacity is expected to impact 77 positions at Fraser Lake Sawmill, 15 positions at Williams Lake Lumber, and 55 positions at Quesnel Plywood and will occur over the course of the fourth quarter of 2022.
West Fraser expects to mitigate the impact on effected employees by providing work opportunities at other West Fraser operations. West Fraser cites access to available timber is an increasing challenge in British Columbia and ongoing transportation constraints impairing ability to reliably access markets as the reason for curtailing production.
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