Skeena Sawmills announced on Tuesday that it was closing down its Terrace, British Columbia, sawmill for an undetermined length of time, according to reporting by the Terrance Standard. The company cited high operating costs, lack of a secure fiber supply, and weak markets.
Representatives of AP Group, the parent company of the Aspen Planer Mill located in Merrit, BC, told the Merritt Herald on Friday that the mill was restarted on Wednesday, February 1st. The facility has been closed since early December (for an undetermined amount of time) due to a lack of approved cutting permits.
Rising costs and weak market conditions have forced Stimson Lumber Company to curtail operations at its Clatskanie and Forest Grove, Oregon, mills. The company cited rising costs in many areas as weighing heavily on the ability to maintain an effective, safe, and healthy production environment.
On Friday, January 27, 2023, the US Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register two notices concerning “Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada.”
Western Forest Products announced that it will not restart its Alberni-Pacific Division facility in its current configuration. The company has established a multi-party working group to explore potential viable industrial manufacturing solutions for the facility, which has been curtailed since fall 2022.
Canfor announced on Wednesday that it is restructuring its BC operations to better align manufacturing capacity in the province with available long-term timber fiber supply. As a result, Canfor said it was permanently closing its Chetwynd sawmill and pellet plant.
In a featured article appearing in the Canadian Forestry Newsletter on January 25, 2023, Forest Economic Advisors (FEA) lumber analyst and principal Paul Jannke has provided his expert insight and in-depth analysis of the lumber markets for 2023.
The Terrace Standard, a local newspaper in Terrace, BC, is reporting that an early morning fire on Sunday at Canfor’s Houston Sawmill facility has severely damaged an interior control room. As a result, the full reopening of the mill, which has been closed during the prior five weeks, will be further delayed.
Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. announced on Monday that, effective January 30th, it will curtail lumber production at three locations in BC for two weeks: Apollo Forest Products in Fort St. James, the Lakeland Mills in Prince George, and Nechako Lumber Co. in Vanderhoof.
The Mirax Group, headquartered in Abbotsford, BC, announced today that it had reached an agreement to acquire Lyle Forest Products, located in Chilliwack, BC. In business since 1972, Lyle Forest Products is a premier value-added lumber facility dealing in Pacific Hemlock and Western Red Cedar.