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Sinclar Group curtailing Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James operations

Company expects these industry challenges to continue through 2023
Lakeland Mill
The interior of Lakeland Mill in Prince George is seen in a file photo. The mill was rebuilt following a deadly explosion and fire in 2012.

Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is curtailing its lumber operations at Apollo Forest Products in Fort St. James, Lakeland Mills in Prince George, and Nechako Lumber Co. in Vanderhoof, for various periods over the next few months, the company announced Monday.

Nechako Lumber Co. will curtail operations from May 14 to July 29. Apollo Forest Products will curtail operations from June 4 to June 30. Lakeland Mills will curtail operations from July 2 to July 29.

The Premium Pellet operation in Vanderhoof will continue to run, and Lakeland will continue to provide heat to the Prince George Downtown Renewable Energy System.

“The high cost of fibre, compounded by poor market conditions, has negatively impacted our business and forced us to take these measures,” said Sinclar President Greg Stewart.

The curtailments are necessary to maintain log inventory and draw down rough lumber inventories at the three operations in the face of the dual challenge of high fibre costs and low lumber prices. The company expects these industry challenges to continue through 2023.

"We will evaluate conditions on an ongoing basis and adjust our operations as necessary," said Stewart.

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