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Weyerhaeuser lays off 300 in Saskatchewan


October 3, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Weyerhaeuser is scaling back production at two of its mills in Saskatchewan. Starting on January 3, 2007, the compa…

Weyerhaeuser is scaling back production at two of its mills in Saskatchewan. Starting on January 3, 2007, the company’s sawmill in Carrot River, and its plywood facility in Hudson Bay will shut down for an indefinite period of time.

The roughly 300 employees to be affected by the decision were given 90 days notice, as is required by the province’s labour laws. According to Weyerhaeuser media spokesman Wayne Roznowsky, the company anticipates employees will indeed stay on at the mill until January.

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“Generally, people complete their time,” he said. “You don’t usually see an exodus. Of course, there might be trades people who will say to themselves, ‘this is the time to head out to the oil patches’ but for the most part, these are long-term employees. They will likely stay on and then move to things like unemployment insurance.”

The Hudson Bay mill produces softwood plywood, mainly used in residential construction, while the Carrot River facility churns out softwood lumber studs that are also primarily used for the same market.


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