West Fraser Temporarily Eliminates Weekend Shift at Williams Lake Plywood Mill

According to West Fraser corporate spokesperson Joyce Wagenaar, “As a result of the significant flooding in southern B.C., the province is now facing serious transportation and logistics issues impacting highways, rail, and our ports.” West Fraser’s Williams Lake mills will be operating at its usual Monday through Friday schedules; however, the company is temporarily curtailing its weekend shift at its plywood mill.

Wagenaar added, “Throughout this time, we will continue to monitor the transportation situation, provide updates and adjust our plans as necessary. Our hope is to see our employees come back to work as soon as possible.”

The number of impacted workers in Williams Lake was not provided but is believed to be more than 40 workers. Approximately 220 employees at West Fraser pulp facilities in Quesnel have also been laid off.

Cariboo Pulp and Paper will be shut down for 16 days, affecting around 160 employees, and Quesnel River Pulp will be running at one-third of its normal capacity, affecting 60 employees. Some functions at Cariboo Pulp and Paper will continue.

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West Fraser curtails weekend shift at Williams Lake’s plywood mill