SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Another major blow for the forestry sector.
Sinclar Group forest products has announced a permanent production curtailment at Nechako Lumber in Vanderhoof.
They attribute the move to a continuing lack of certainty around economical log supply. The company says effective October 30, it will permanently reduce its sawmill and planer production from two shifts to one shift.
No word from the company on how many jobs will be lost.
“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.
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.”
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