Canfor shutters Mackenzie sawmill

Canfor is imposing an "indefinite curtailment" at its Mackenzie sawmill and permanently eliminating a shift at its Isle Pierre sawmill, the company said Thursday.

The shutdown at the Mackenzie sawmill is effective immediately, while the reduction at Isle Pierre will come into effect on September 20, which will be reduced to one shift.

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"We deeply regret the impacts that these capacity reductions will have on our Mackenzie and Isle Pierre employees, contractors, their families and the local communities," said Canfor senior vice president of Canadian operations, Stephen Mackie.

"The B.C. forest industry is continuing to face very significant challenges. None of our temporary or permanent curtailment decisions have been made lightly, nor are they a reflection on the hard work and dedication of our employees."

The moves will reduce Canfor's annual production by about 400 million board feet. 

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