Early June, Canfor acquired South Carolina-based Elliot Sawmilling for $110 million. News of the purchase came less than one month after Canfor announced it would close its Isle Pierre sawmill, located near Prince George, British Columbia. That closure is expected to take effect in the third quarter of 2020 following an orderly wind-down of operations. According to Canfor, the closure is a result of an insufficient supply of economically viable timber following the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, coupled with the major global economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the current one-shift operation, Isle Pierre sawmill has an annual production capacity of approximately 120 million board feet.
Canfor has fallen on hard times, reporting an operating loss of $88.8 million in the first quarter, as well as a $59.6 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canfor (TSX:CFP) is an integrated forest products company with interests in British Columbia, Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as in Sweden with its majority acquisition of Vida Group.
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