Vaagen Fiber Canada, a family-owned sawmill located in Midway, BC, announced on Saturday (1-7-23) that it was indefinitely shutting down its facility due to a lack of logs. The closure will impact 85 workers, as well as approximately 100 vendors, suppliers, and contractors.
Vaagen Fiber Canada is a small sawmill and therefor has no tenure. As a result, it must procure its logs from private landowners and small woodlot owners.
On its website, the company said, “Although our team has been creative for years in finding logs to run our mill, there are a few challenges that have compounded for us, and without resolution, the future of our operation is uncertain. This is an access to wood fiber at market price issue.”
The company did offer some hope that the mill operation could be saved, saying that if the BC provincial government can find a way to help secure the mill a source of fiber, they could resume operations.
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