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Insufficient Fibre Shuts Down Tembec Sawmill


April 24, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

It has been a difficult week for Tembec and it’s employees. The company has announced a new shutdown this time a t…

It has been a difficult week for Tembec and it’s employees. The company has announced a new shutdown this time a temporary closure of its Senneterre sawmill located in Quebec.

The closure will last for three months, starting May 9, 2008. The decision was prompted by a lack of wood supply in the region.

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Tembec’s Senneterre mill is facing a 50% cut of its available log supply, which seriously impairs our ability to maintain year round operations at current levels, explained Michel Bastien, vice president of the Quebec division of Tembe’cs forest products group. Bastien further noted that Tembec considers the reduction to be unacceptable in light of the extra efforts exerted and the losses sustained by Tembec in meeting the Natural Resources and Wildlife Departments request to salvage the fire killed timber and provide for accelerated reforestation.

The company argues it has been subject to a greater negative impact from the reduction than any other operator in the region, and is calling on the province to provide unallocated volumes so as to provide the sawmill with enough fibre to continue production year-round.

The facility employs roughly 160 people. An additional 100 employees who are associated with forest operations will be affected by the shutdown.


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