Tolko announces mill closure in B.C., putting 127 off the job in Kelowna

Tolko announces mill closure in B.C., putting 127 off the job in Kelowna
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VERNON, B.C. — Tolko Industries is cutting back its operations at a lumber mill in Kelowna, affecting 127 jobs as the company becomes the latest in the industry to announce a shutdown in British Columbia.

Tolko Industries says high log costs and poor North American market conditions are behind the curtailment of its Kelowna operation for an indeterminate period of time.

Troy Connolly, a vice-president with the company, says in a news release the reasons behind the decision are beyond its control.

There are 127 workers at the mill.

The Teal-Jones Group announced on Tuesday it was shutting its coastal operations in the province, putting 800 out of work.

Shutdowns or curtailments have been announced in more than two dozen mills in the province due to low lumber prices, declining supplies and high operating costs.

The Canadian Press

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