Arbec’s L’Ascension, QC, Sawmill Pauses Production Due to High Fiber Costs

Rémabec group announced that its Arbec Lumber sawmill located in the municipality of l’Ascension-de-Notre-Seigneur, in Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, will temporarily cease production for at least the next four weeks, Le Journal de Québec reported (6-12-24).

Rémabec indicated that it has had to carry out its operations in a difficult environment in recent months: “The company has to deal with some of the highest fiber costs in the country, if not in North America. In addition, tariffs are being imposed on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the US. Quebec’s 2013 forestry regime was supposed to exempt Quebec sawyers from US taxes on softwood lumber. However, this is in no way the case.”

According to Le Journal de Québec, the Rémabec group has said that it will do everything to minimize the impact of the crisis on 180 workers who are temporarily without jobs and also hopes for changes in the forestry regime.

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