Tolko Schedules Two Week Shutdown
Tolko Industries announced its Armstrong and Soda Creek, near Williams Lake, lumber operations would take downtime during the weeks of May 27th and June 3rd.
"High log costs and weak market conditions continue to impact our lumber operating footprint in British Columbia," says Vice President of Solid Wood, Troy Connolly. "While we prefer to remain operational, we must manage the business responsibly and ensure we are sustainable for the long run."
Connolly says employees were informed of the decision earlier today and local HR representatives are available to assist them with any questions they may have.
"We do not make these decisions lightly," says Connolly. "We know we have great people working at these operations and this is in no way a reflection on them or their commitment. However, industry conditions in B.C. are challenging right now and could be for some time."
Pino Pucci, Vice President, Tolko Marketing and Sales assured customers that Tolko's Marketing and Sales team "will continue to support our customers and do our best to minimize any impacts as a result of these operations taking downtime."
Earlier this month the Vernon based company announced economic fibre shortage forced the permanent closure of Tolko's Quesnel operation and shift reductions in Kelowna.