Speaking to businesses at the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting on Oct. 4, Canfor’s Ian Stephen, operations manager of Vanderhoof fibre, and plant manager Budd Wasylyshen, provided an update of the company’s operations in Vanderhoof.
In 2016, 1.8 million cubic meters of logs were processed, with 120 loads going through the region per day — 190 at its peak. About 110 loads of logs were processed each day, and 525,000,000 board feet of wood are produced from the mill each year.
Canfor is heading north for fibre and other sources of raw materials for Vanderhoof’s mill. Also, part of the company strategy includes fibre coming from other Canfor B.C. regions.
The company’s past decisions to close other operations were part of the company’s rationalization strategy.
Spruce beetle-infested wood does deteriorate quicker than those from pine beetle infested stands, but Canfor mills are still processing low grade lumber from pine infested trees killed up to 18 years ago.