Tolko's Alberta Operation Impacted by Alert
Tolko's Athabasca OSB division in Slave Lake, Alberta has temporarily suspended operations as the Province has issued an eight-hour evacuation alert for the town.
"All employees, other than those who have been identified as essential to asset protection, have been evacuated and sent home. With the Town on an eight-hour evacuation notice, we want people to be prepared in case a mandatory evacuation order is issued," says Vice President, Strand-based Business, Jim Baskerville. "The safety of our employees and their families is our priority."
Our essential employees will now initiate fire suppression activities to protect the mill and will coordinate efforts with the town, the municipal district, and the province as the situation develops.
Tolko posted the following statement on their Facebook page Thursday night:
"As we sign off for the evening, we want to share some great news with you all. As you know, at Tolko, we believe in supporting our employees which is why we will provide all active hourly employees (regular and spareboard), from our High Level Division, with a one-time $1000 lump sum payment to aid you during the wildfire evacuation period. Note: You DO NOT have to apply for this assistance. It will be deposited into your account on May 31.
"At our core, Tolko is about family,” says Brad Thorlakson, President and CEO. “And in tough times, family is there for each other – just as we were when employees were evacuated from Williams Lake in 2017. We have so many great people in our High Level family. They work hard and are the heart and soul of their community. We are proud to support them as they navigate this uncertain time.”"