Fort St. James mill closing in July

Tl'oh Forest Products will be closing its Fort St. James finger-joint plant at the end of next month.

"We profoundly regret the decision we have had to make today," Tl'oh president Leonard Thomas said in a statement issued Tuesday. "Our biggest hope was that we could find some way to continue operations. Unfortunately, prevailing business conditions prevent us from doing so."

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There has been a fundamental shift in markets that does not allow the business to remain viable, said the statement. These market forces, combined with future fibre uncertainty, led to the decision to permanently close Tl'oh's operations.

"We appreciate the hard work of our employees and we want to emphasize that this closure is not a reflection of the people of Tl'oh, the work that they are doing or what they have accomplished," said Thomas. "We want to sincerely thank our employees, suppliers, local contractors, and the community of Fort St. James for the support shown over the past 20 years."

Effective today Tl'oh has provided working notice to all employees that the plant will close effective July 31.

Tl'oh Forest Products is a partnership between Apollo Forest Products and the Nak'azdli First Nation in Fort St. James. Tl'oh opened for business in December 1995.

It is a manufacturer of finger joint stud lumber using the trim blocks from primary mills.

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