March 1st, 2024

West Fraser Timber permanently closing Fraser Lake, B.C., sawmill

By The Canadian Press on January 22, 2024.

Softwood lumber is pictured along the Fraser River in Richmond, B.C., Tuesday, April 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER – West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. says it’s permanently closing its sawmill in Fraser Lake, B.C., after an orderly wind-down.

The Vancouver-based company says it’s unable to access economically viable fibre in the region.

West Fraser says the closure will affect about 175 employees, and it will mitigate the impact by providing work opportunities at its other operations.

The closure will reduce the company’s Canadian lumber capacity by around 160 million board feet.

The news comes after an announcement earlier in January that West Fraser was closing its Maxville, Fla., sawmill and indefinitely curtailing operations at its Huttig, Ark., sawmill.

The company attributed the decision to high fibre costs and soft lumber markets.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2024.

Companies in this story: (TSX:WFG)

Share this story:
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments