Canfor to reopen two area sawmills

Canfor will be reopening two area sawmills on May 11, the company said Thursday.

Its operations in Vanderhoof (Plateau) and in Chetwynd will resume operating at four days a week, as will its Elko sawmill in the Kootenays, while its WynnWood sawmill in the Kootenays will run five days a week.

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Ongoing downtime at Houston, Isle Pierre, Polar and Radium is being extended until at least the middle of May. They had been scheduled to reopen on May 1.

"We will continue to assess market demand and operating economics, and will make capacity adjustments to align supply with demand as necessary," Canfor spokeswoman Michelle Ward said in an email.

"We know that the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic are having a very significant impact on our employees, their families and our operating communities, and thank our people for their continued support and commitment."

Isle Pierre, Plateau and Houston have been closed since March 30 and Polar and Chetwynd since mid-April.

The company recorded an $88.8-million operating loss for the first quarter of 2020.

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