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Pope & Talbot consolidates sawmills


October 31, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Pope & Talbot has amalgamated its two Boundary sawmill operations to one facility in Grand Forks, B.C.

Pope & Talbot has amalgamated its two Boundary sawmill operations to one facility in Grand Forks, B.C.

By April 2006, the company expects the consolidated operations will start churning out capacity in the ballpark of 255 million board of feet of dimension lumber annually.

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Although there will be some job losses as a result of the centralization, senior qualified employees will be transferred and certain equipment will be relocated from the Midway, B.C. mill site late in the first quarter of 2006.

The decision to consolidate operations was taken as a result of squeezed timber supplies and restricted capital. “While we diligently sought additional timber resources, the economics did not allow us to continue operating two independent saw mills in the same region,” explained Michael Flannery, chairman and CEO. “The modernized Grand Forks sawmill will be highly efficient and competitive.”


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