Canfor to close two B.C. sawmills

Forest products producer Canfor has announced it is restructuring its B.C. operations. That means permanently closing its Chetwynd sawmill and pellet plant and temporarily closing its Houston sawmill for an extended period to facilitate a major redevelopment on the site.

“The company intends to build a new, modern, globally-competitive manufacturing facility that employs state-of-the-art technology to produce high-value products from the sustainable timber supply in the region,” Canfor stated in a release. The two plants will be closed early in the second quarter of 2023. The closures will remove 750 million board feet of annual production.