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West Fraser updates British Columbia operating plan

 Wednesday, August 10, 2022

West Fraser has brought some changes in the British Columbia operating plan. The company has decided to curtail about 170 million board feet of combined production. It will be useful on Fraser Lake and Williams Lake sawmills.

The will also curtail approximately 85 million square feet of plywood production for its Quesnel Plywood mill. The curtailment will be realised with the help of elimination of shift in each facility.

The reduction plan will affect 77 position in the Fraser lake Sawmill and 15 positions in Williams Lake Lumber. 55 positions at Quesnel Plywood and will occur in the fourth quarter of 2022. The company promises to fulfil these employees with other job opportunities. These positions will be given to West Fraser operations.

The company hopes to access the market in due time. For British Columbia getting access to timber is something that is becoming a scarcity. Several issues like travel constraints and capaciy reduction are some of the major reasons that has hugely affected.

West Fraser is wood products company that has more than 60 facilities. The facilities are available in Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The company takes all the forest resources with absolute responsibility and sustainability. With these the company produces lumber, engineered wood products (OSB, LVL, MDF, plywood, and particleboard), pulp, newsprint, wood chips, other residuals, and renewable energy.  West Fraser’s products are used in home construction, repair and remodelling, industrial applications, papers, tissue, and box materials. 

According to the officials the decision of curbing is a process that will allow the company to control the overhead costs and help it grow with a controlled costing possibility. The company aims to target the country with full confidence.  

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