Tolko Industries announced curtailing of its Quest Wood operation in Quesnel, British Columbia in Canada as of Monday, July 24, 2017.
According to the announcement, the decision was taken due to fire activity in the Cariboo. A return to operations date for the mill will be determined when the fire situation subsides. The mill employs approximately 200 people and produces 210 million board feet of dimension lumber on an annual basis.
With the curtailment of Quest Wood, and the closures of our Lakeview and Soda Creek mills due to the evacuation order in Williams Lake, approximately 3 million board feet of lumber per day has been removed from the market.
Troy Connolly, Senior General Manager, Lumber, commented:
“With wildfires burning and the fire risk still at extreme levels, we are unable to conduct logging activities. This has led to a shortage of available fibre. As a result, our sawmill will be curtailed on Monday. Our planer will run for an additional week to ensure we meet our existing customer commitments.”
Earlier Tolko Industries announced restart of its OSB mill, located near High Prairie, Alberta in Canada..
The company is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of forest products for customers around the world. The company offers lumber, OSB, plywood and veneer, and kraft paper in its product portfolio, as well as related services. Its operations located throughout Western Canada.