West Fraser Timber will close its sawmill in Maxville, Fla., and indefinitely curtail operations at its sawmill in Huttig, Ark., by the end of this month. The decision is the result of high fibre costs and soft lumber markets, says the company. The closure of Maxville Sawmill will impact approximately 80 employees, while the indefinite curtailment of Huttig will impact 140 employees.
In aggregate, this will reduce West Fraser’s U.S. lumber capacity by approximately 270 million board feet. West Fraser expects to mitigate the impact on affected employees by providing work opportunities at other company operations.