Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel is shutting down for the next 16 days, and Quesnel River Pulp (QRP) will be running at one-third capacity for the next two weeks.
West Fraser said this is the result of the significant flooding in southern B.C. that is causing serious transportation and logistics issues impacting highways, railways, and ports.
Basically, the company said it is unable to ship the product and has run out of accessible storage.
The temporary shutdown at Cariboo Pulp will impact approximately 160 employees, while around 60 employees will be impacted at QRP.
West Fraser said some functions will continue, such as the operation of the cogeneration facility.
West Fraser’s Williams Lake mills are operating, as usual, Monday through Friday.
However, the weekend shift at the plywood plant has been temporarily curtailed.
The company said it will continue to monitor the transportation situation, provide updates and adjust its plans as necessary, adding that it hopes to get the impacted employees back to work as soon as possible.
Files from George Henderson, MyCaribooNow