185 employees are temporarily laid off.
It has been a long wet spring in the Williams Lake area, leaving logging areas too wet for operations. Nearly the entire usable log yard inventory at the mill has been depleted.
The planers at both Creekside and Lakeview are expected to operate for the remainder of the week.
“We’ve put a lot of thought into this,” said Mark Everard, Tolko site manger, of the company’s decision to shutdown, adding the weather forecast simply hasn’t deviated from rain.
Everard said the weather has created two challenges for harvesting timber: the load restrictions placed on roads during inclement weather and the fact that equipment simply can’t get in and out of the woods.
Lakeview has run out of fibre despite the fact the company stockpiled an additional 20 to 25 per cent in its log yards this year compared to last. Due to record productivity, Everard noted, the mill was consuming “more than we normally do.”
Tolko Lakeview mill curtailed temporarily (Williams Lake Tribune)