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Workers return to some coastal mills

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. -- While coastal mills are shutting down at an alarming rate, the industry appears to be picking...


MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — While coastal mills are shutting down at an alarming rate, the industry appears to be picking itself back up while focusing on alternative markets for Canadian lumber.

More than 300 employees returned to work at Hammond and Albion Cedar on Monday following a five-week layoff. Parent company, International Forest Products (IFP) will refocus its efforts on off-shore markets to avoid paying the U.S.-imposed softwood lumber tariffs.

“Realistically, we don’t know how long we’ll be up,” IFP representative, Steve Crombie tells local media. “It depends what we can do with the order files we’ve got and if we can generate more.”

The mill will operate on a “week-to-week” basis while softwood tariffs continue to plague the industry, but at least it will keep Canadian lumber moving for the time being.


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