Tolko Extends Downtime at Armstrong

Vernon based Tolko Industries announced today that it is extending downtime at its Armstrong and Soda Creek (Williams Lake) lumber mills for an additional two weeks. 

Vice President, Solid Wood, Troy Connolly says it is due to poor market conditions and uneconomic log costs. 

"As the recent rash of curtailments and closure announcements indicates, current market and cost conditions are making it difficult to operate in B.C.," says Connolly. "And, with significant increases to stumpage rates set to take effect in July of this year, we expect conditions to remain challenging." 

Connolly says the company knows this is a difficult time for employees at these operations; however, he says the company wanted to let people know as soon as possible. 

"These decisions are difficult. As a family-owned and operated business, we're proud of our communities and our employees. While we prefer to remain operational, industry conditions are challenging right now, and we want our people and their families to have time to prepare."

An additional 16 million board feet of capacity will be removed from Tolko's lumber production as a result of today's announcement.   Pino Pucci, Vice President, Tolko Marketing and Sales assured customers that although this is a tough time for the industry, 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 changes."