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Norbord announces downtime at Quebec OSB mills (November 20, 2007)


November 20, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Toronto, ON – Norbord has announced that it will suspend operations at OSB mills in Val d’Or and La Sarre, Quebec d…

Toronto, ON – Norbord has announced that it will suspend operations at OSB mills in Val d’Or and La Sarre, Quebec due to poor market conditions. The curtailment at Val d’Or is scheduled to begin on November 25, 2007 and will last for at least six weeks. Production at Norbord’s La Sarre OSB mill will also be suspended for at least three weeks, and is scheduled to begin on December 16.

“Declining US housing starts, the escalating Canadian dollar and the addition of new production capacity across the industry made this difficult decision necessary,” said Jean Roy, Norbord’s VP of Northern Operations. “Our teams at Val d’Or and La Sarre have done an exceptional job of responding to market conditions through process efficiencies, cost reductions and product mix improvements. Unfortunately, current conditions make it financially unacceptable for us to continue production at this time.”

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Approximately 130 people will be temporarily laid off at each of the mills as a result of these actions. The annual production capacity at these mills is 340 MMsf – 3/8″ at Val d’Or and 375 MMsf – 3/8″ at La Sarre.


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