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More mill closures in B.C. coastal region

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Bad news continues to mount for those who toil in the lumber industry or haul wood south of the...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — Bad news continues to mount for those who toil in the lumber industry or haul wood south of the border.

The latest blow comes from Weyerhaeuser, which has announced it will permanently close its Canadian White Pine sawmill and k-3 particle board plant in Vancouver. The moves are intended to improve the economic viability of the company’s B.C. coastal group business.

As a result of the closures, about 500 workers will lose their jobs in January and March, bringing the total number of unemployed lumber workers to 12,000 in the B.C. coastal region since U.S. imposed duties were applied in the spring.

Weyerhaeuser’s Web site says "The decision to close Canadian White Pine was based on factors affecting the company’s six coastal sawmills as a group, including high costs, a mismatch between the available timber supply and current mill capacity, and changing market conditions."


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