Canadian Manufacturing

Wood shortage forces B.C. lumber mill to suspend production

Norbord says its strand board mill in Mile House, B.C. will close for about a month due to shortages caused by severe wildfires last summer


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TORONTO—Norbord Inc. says it is going to temporarily suspend production at its oriented strand board mill in 100 Mile House, B.C., due to a shortage of wood.

The company says the wildfires last summer that damaged the logging areas surrounding the mill and severe weather conditions this winter have combined to hurt its ability to secure a sufficient wood supply.

Norbord says it expects the suspension to start on about May 14 and to continue for approximately one month.

It says it will continue to supply its customers with production from its other mills and the 100 Mile House mill will continue to receive log deliveries.

Norbord estimates that the curtailment will hurt its second-quarter results by approximately US$5 million.

The 100 Mile House mill has an annual production capacity of 440 million square feet.


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