Tolko’s sawmills in Armstrong and Soda Creek, near Williams Lake, will be closed a little longer.

The mills will be closed for an additional two weeks due to poor market conditions, the company said in a news release Wednesday.

A two-week shutdown was originally announced on May 23.

“As the recent rash of curtailments and closure announcements indicates, current market and cost conditions are making it difficult to operate in B.C.,” said Troy Connolly, Tolko’s vice-president for solid wood, in a news release. “And, with significant increases to stumpage rates set to take effect in July of this year, we expect conditions to remain challenging.”

Last month, Tolko announced it was closing a mill in Quesnel and eliminating one of two shifts at its Kelowna mill.

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