Kelowna Tolko Mill to close permanently

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President and CEO Brad Thorlakson says his thoughts are with employees impacted by the closure.

“This is a difficult decision. The Kelowna mill has been in operation since the 1930s and has contributed to the community through job creation and many other economic spinoffs for more than 80 years. The mill has always had an excellent team that produced a highly regarded quality stud for North American and export markets. It will always stand as an example of what can be accomplished when ingenuity and know-how come together for a common purpose.”

This announcement today will allow employees at the mill to move forward with their lives in certainty are with impacted employees in Kelowna,” says . “This is a difficult decision. The Kelowna mill has been in operation since the 1930s and has contributed to the community through job creation and many other economic spinoffs for more than 80 years. The mill has always had an excellent team that produced a highly regarded quality stud for North American and export markets. It will always stand as an example of what can be accomplished when ingenuity and know-how come together for a common purpose.”

Thorlakson says employees were informed about the decision earlier today and they will soon be provided with detailed information on what they can expect next in terms of severance packages, benefits, etc. Wherever possible, employees will be offered positions at other Tolko locations that currently have vacancies.

“Our HR team is on-site, providing information and support for accessing career transition services,” says Vice President Solid Wood, Troy Connolly. “And they will be available to help people as we move through this process.

“We want to thank everyone at Kelowna for their many years of dedication and support and assure them this decision was not easy for us to make and has nothing to do with the quality of work or the caliber of people at the mill. The industry is facing many challenges that are beyond our control, and tough decisions are necessary to ensure our future sustainability.”

“On days like these, our hearts are heavy as we think of our colleagues and friends,” he says. “We know our people in Kelowna have done everything in their power to make the mill successful. They have gone above and beyond. Sadly, this has nothing to do with them or their efforts. Unfortunately, with B.C. log costs, the mill is no longer cost-competitive.”