Tolko mills in Armstrong and Soda Creek, near Williams Lake, will shut down for the next two weeks.
“High log costs and weak market conditions continue to impact our lumber operating footprint in British Columbia,” said Troy Connolly, Tolko’s vice-president of solid wood. “While we prefer to remain operational, we must manage the business responsibly and ensure we are sustainable for the long run.”
Connolly says employees were informed of the decision on Thursday. Local HR representatives are available to assist them with any questions they may have.
“We do not make these decisions lightly,” said Connolly. “We know we have great people working at these operations, and this is in no way a reflection on them or their commitment. However, industry conditions in B.C. are challenging right now and could be for some time.”
Earlier this month, Tolko announced it was closing a mill in Quesnel and eliminating one of two shifts at its Kelowna mill.