Interfor to close Hammond sawmill in Maple Ridge at cost of 147 jobs

Vancouver-headquartered timber giant Interfor will close its Hammond sawmill in Maple Ridge by the end of the year, the company said late Tuesday, eliminating 147 jobs at a facility with a history that dates back to 1908.

“The coastal B.C. forest industry has faced significant log supply challenges over the past two decades and manufacturing capacity needs to be brought in line with available log supply,” Interfor CEO Duncan Davies said in a news release.

The Hammond mill was built to process Western red cedar logs and Davies added that cedar lumber has “been disproportionately impacted by duties on shipments,” under duties imposed as part of the Canada U.S. softwood lumber dispute.