Canal Flats sawmill closing
Canfor Corporation announced today the permanent closure of its sawmill in Canal Flats.
The company anticipates the mill, which has a two-shift production capacity of 180 million board feet, will cease operations on November 9. All employees impacted by the closure will be offered opportunities to transfer to other divisions of the company.
“A lack of economically available fibre supply for our Canal Flats operation, combined with depressed market conditions in the oil and gas and lumber markets that it serves, have brought operating losses we can no longer sustain,” said Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne. “We recognize this decision will be difficult for our employees and the community of Canal Flats, and we are committed to doing what we can to ease that transition.”
About 80 workers and their families will be impacted by this closure.