Tembec has officially closed its Chetwynd facility.
As we first reported last week, staff were told of possible layoffs last week and the pulp mill was idled Monday. The company says the facility will stay down until market conditions improve.
Tembec purchased the mill from Louisiana-Pacific in 2002 and spent $20 million on upgrades. Louisiana-Pacific closed the facility in 2001. The facility employed approximately 180 people and another 120 in associated jobs.
Tembec also announced the temporary closure of other facilities in BC, Manitoba and Ontario. In total about 1,400 people will be affected by layoffs that will range from two weeks to indefinitely.
In BC the other closures include the Canal Flats and Elko sawmills and the Cranbrook finger joint facility for about eight weeks starting next week. Plus the operation in Skookumchuck will be down for six weeks.
Tembec says the shutdowns are in response to depressed markets for lumber, pulp and newsprint amid the widespread economic slowdown.