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Crofton mill curtails pulp and paper production due to low fibre supply


February 24, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Citing a lack of available fibre, Paper Excellence Canada’s pulp and paper mill in Crofton, British Columbia has shut down production for one month.

The Canadian Press first reported on Feb. 14 that the mill, located on Vancouver Island south of Nanaimo, would cease production for 30 days.

The curtailment affects 450 workers at the plant.

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The mill’s vice-president of operations, Stew Gibson, reported to CP that Crofton’s fibre supply has dwindled as a result of B.C. sawmill curtailments and closures, as well as the recently concluded eight-month strike at Western Forest Products, one of the mill’s main fibre suppliers on Vancouver Island.

He indicated that as operations resume at Western Forest Products, supply is expected to improve.