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Fate of Mackenzie expected soon


July 3, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A decision concerning the fate of Canfors Mackenzie sawmill is expected in several weeks, a report by the Prince G…

A decision concerning the fate of Canfors Mackenzie sawmill is expected in several weeks, a report by the Prince George Citizen confirmed.

Obviously time is critical for me on this, the Citizen reported Canfor regional manager Mark Feldinger as saying. The longer we go with the uncertainty, the greater the challenge and stress on people. And it may force them into decisions which in hindsight they may not want to make.

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Canfor announced last month that an indefinite closure of the mill was scheduled, and would be put into effect just as soon as inventories of logs had been used up. Although no concrete revisions to that plan have been made, possible alternatives, such as running one of the sawmills as opposed to two, are being evaluated.

As the Prince George Citizen report noted, the fear that the announcement of an indefinite closure will prompt skilled workers to seek employment elsewhere, rendering it highly difficult to reopen the mill if it does indeed close, is a factor to be taken into consideration.

When the announcement concerning Mackenzie was made last month, the company confirmed it was part of a larger effort to scale back costs. The Citizen further reported that the company announced the introduction of a 25% payroll cost reduction of its salaried employees.


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