RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, Que. — Groupe Lebel, which owns sawmills throughout Quebec, has reached an agreement with Bolton, Ont.-based AFA Forest Products to distribute its treated wood products through AFA’s seven Central and Eastern Canadian outlets. The partnership comes at a time when the Canadian lumber industry is seeking to hold its own against protectionist U.S. tariffs. Groupe Lebel opened its first mill in 1956. AFA, founded in 1973, has 13 distribution locations stretching from Vancouver to Newfoundland.