Rumours continue to circulate about the future of Tembec’s operation in Chetwynd, following the company’s decision earlier this week to shutdown other pulp mills.
This week the company announced a market-related shutdown of its operation in Quebec. At Thursday’s Peace River Regional District meeting, Chetwynd Councilor Lavern Norris said employees are on notice that they are likely to be laid off. Tembec’s Richard Fahey would not confirm the possible layoffs. [asset|aid=866|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=02b167c5a197410d4cd685dfc683ba4e-Richard – 1_2_Pub.mp3]
It’s unknown how long the layoffs may last for, if they happen at all. Norris also stated "it might close down and its not looking too good at this point in time".
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Tembec announced a mill would shutdown indefinitely January 31st in Quebec, and more temporary shutdowns at its operations in France. The Chetwynd operation was shut down for two weeks this past November.
Tembec purchased the mill from Louisiana-Pacific in 2002 and spent $20 million on upgrades. Louisiana-Pacific closed the facility in 2001. The facility employs approximately 180 people and another 120 in associated jobs.