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Tembec, Kruger sawmills take downtime


August 22, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The fall will be getting off to a slow start in parts of Quebec. Both Tembec and Kruger are taking scheduled downti…

The fall will be getting off to a slow start in parts of Quebec. Both Tembec and Kruger are taking scheduled downtime at some of their sawmills.

Starting August 20, Tembec’s Barn sawmill will be out of commission for a minimum of four weeks. This shutdown comes on top of two weeks of halted production taken in the month of July at the facility, as part of a ‘temporary capacity withdrawal’ that affected 10 out of 11 of the company’s mills.

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The Barn facility churns out 110,000 Mfbm of SPF lumber every year, and employs 150 people.

“This shutdown is due to a combination of factors, including overall market conditions, product pricing, and the high value of the Canadian dollar,” said Dennis Rounsville, executive vice president and president of the company’s forest products group.

Kruger is temporarily shutting three of its North Shore, QC sawmills due to challenging market conditions. The Ragueneau, Forestville and Longue Rive facilities will all close for four weeks, as will its Launay plant in Abitibi. The outage will start on September 17, and end on October 15. A total of 164 workers are to be affected by these shutdowns.


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