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March 15, 2019

Western Forest Products to temporarily close sawmill in Alberni

Western Forest Products to temporarily close sawmill in Alberni

Western Forest Products has announced that Alberni Pacific Division Sawmill in Port Alberni will be closing for a month starting on March 18.

“We are temporarily suspending operations for a four-week period starting on March 18,” WFP director of communications Babita Khunkhun confirmed late Friday, March 8, as quoted by local media.

“This decision is directly related to market conditions. Our APD facility mainly produces products for the Japanese market, so it’s related to market demand for that product.”

Western Forest Products owns another mill in Port Alberni, the Somass Sawmill. The company announced on July 27, 2017 that they were closing the mill indefinitely. Work at the mill had been curtailed since the previous February; it has never reopened.

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