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Curtailment extended at Mackenzie sawmill

Conifex Timber Inc. said Thursday that it is extending the temporarily curtailment of its Mackenzie sawmill for a further three weeks due to continued high log costs and lumber market conditions.
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Conifex Timber Inc. said Thursday that it is extending the temporarily curtailment of its Mackenzie sawmill for a further three weeks due to continued high log costs and lumber market conditions.

The curtailment, which began July 29, will now last until September 3, the company said in a statement.

"We regret the impact that the curtailment will have on our employees and the community", said Conifex CEO Kenneth Shields.

"We are exploring initiatives with the Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the District of Mackenzie, and other forest industry stakeholders to help enable us to sustain operations through the remainder of 2019."

The curtailment is now expected to reduce Conifex's British Columbia lumber output by about 25 million board feet in the third quarter.

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