Tolko will close all B.C. divisions, including Kamloops, for two weeks over holidays

Head office to close from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27; two weeks’ downtime runs from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6

Following what it called a “thorough examination” of all contributing factors, including log costs, market conditions and cumulative policy burden, Tolko has announced its B.C. operations will be taking two weeks’ downtime — from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6 — during the holiday season.

Tolko has eight divisions, including its Heffley Creek plywood and veneer operation in Kamloops.

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The last day of production before the curtailment will be Dec. 20.

In addition, Tolko’s Vernon head office will be closed the week of Dec. 23 to Dec. 27. Staffing levels at all B.C. operations will be restricted to essential services during this period.

This downtime is a result of low prices and high log costs in B.C.

“This downtime will reduce output by approximately 21 mmfbm (million board feet) of lumber production and 10 mmsft (million square feet) of panel production,” said Troy Connolly, Tolko’s vice-president of solid wood.

The news of the company-wide two-week shutdown comes just weeks after Tolko announced it will be permanently closing its Kelowna mill, leaving 127 people without jobs.

“This is a difficult decision,” Tolko president and CEO Brad Thorlakson said in a company press release earlier this month. “The Kelowna mill has been in operation since the 1930s and has contributed to the community through job creation and many other economic spin-offs for more than 80 years.”

The upcoming curtailment of all Tolko operations is the latest in series of mill closures and curtailments across B.C. this year.

The Heffley Creek operation was closed earlier this year, from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 

The Armstrong lumber, Armstrong plywood and White Valley veneer operations near Lumby also had downtime, from Aug. 17 to Sept. 2.

Tolko Armstrong experienced four weeks of downtime in May and June.

Following what it called a “thorough examination” of all contributing factors, including log costs, market conditions and cumulative policy burden, Tolko has announced its B.C. operations will be taking two weeks’ downtime — from Dec. 21 to Jan. 6 — during the holiday season.

Tolko has eight divisions, including its Heffley Creek plywood and veneer operation in Kamloops.

The last day of production before the curtailment will be Dec. 20.

In addition, Tolko’s Vernon head office will be closed the week of Dec. 23 to Dec. 27. Staffing levels at all B.C. operations will be restricted to essential services during this period.

This downtime is a result of low prices and high log costs in B.C.

“This downtime will reduce output by approximately 21 mmfbm (million board feet) of lumber production and 10 mmsft (million square feet) of panel production,” said Troy Connolly, Tolko’s vice-president of solid wood.

The news of the company-wide two-week shutdown comes just weeks after Tolko announced it will be permanently closing its Kelowna mill, leaving 127 people without jobs.

“This is a difficult decision,” Tolko president and CEO Brad Thorlakson said in a company press release earlier this month. “The Kelowna mill has been in operation since the 1930s and has contributed to the community through job creation and many other economic spin-offs for more than 80 years.”

The upcoming curtailment of all Tolko operations is the latest in series of mill closures and curtailments across B.C. this year.

The Heffley Creek operation was closed earlier this year, from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 

The Armstrong lumber, Armstrong plywood and White Valley veneer operations near Lumby also had downtime, from Aug. 17 to Sept. 2.

Tolko Armstrong experienced four weeks of downtime in May and June.

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