Tolko to curtail operations at Northern B.C. mill

100 employees to be directly affected by the decision at Quesnel’s Quest Wood Lumber Mill

Tolko Industries Limited has told their employees in Quesnel yesterday (October 13) that they will be curtailing operations at their Quest Wood lumber mill effective immediately.

The decision is based on high log costs and poor market conditions according to an email from Donna Pincott, Tolko’s Manager of Communication.

“Over 100 employees are affected,” she wrote, “As you can imagine, we deeply regret the impact this will have on our employees and their families.”

This number does not take into consideration indirect employees like logging contractors, so the total number could be much higher.

READ MORE: Forestry workers’ union bans employee overtime as strike looms

“Maintenance will continue to operate beyond the production curtailment date to ensure the mill is ready to resume future operations,” Pincott added, “We will monitor the situation to determine when we can resume operations.”

Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson says he has been in touch with Tolko as well as the Minister of Forests and the local district manager and is looking to get more clarity from everyone.

“I’ve given him some things that we think need to advance,” he says, ” We have our Future of Forestry Think Tank process underway which is looking at how we stabilize the industry but in the interim I want to make sure the minister is working with his colleagues to make sure services are available to all those affected.”

We hope to have more on this breaking story as it becomes available.



ronan.odoherty@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Demonstrators take to Clearwater roundabout

Yellow vest protesters say it’s time for a change

Police chase ends in two arrests

Suspects in stolen truck evade RCMP from Alberta border to Clearwater area

Clearwater Rotary’s Christmas Light Up

Event draws both young and old to take part in its yearly activities.

Independent business in Blue River pays it forward

Blue River Sledz donates a generous amount of clothes to the less fortunate in Kamloops

Clearwater Carpet Bowlers give to three local groups

Carpet Bowling is held at the Evergreen Acres Hall on Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m.

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

B.C. fire chief pleads with Ottawa for traumatic stress support

Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty presented concerns to federal government

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Most Read