Tolko Closing Kelowna Mill

Tolko-Kelowna

Vernon based Tolko Industries is the latest forestry company to announce a shutdown due to high log costs and poor North Americans market conditions.
     
The company announced Thursday it is cutting back its operations at a lumber mill in Kelowna, affecting 127 jobs.

The mill was already shut down temporarily with the union hoping for a return to work this fall. 
Tolko VP, Troy Connolly, says the reasons behind the decision are beyond its control.
  
Forests Minister Doug Donaldson has acknowledged the industry is going through a ``correction'' and says his government has dispatched support teams and retraining experts to communities.   But the Opposition Liberals say Premier John Horgan and the N-D-P government remain missing in action as the forestry sector continues to free fall.