Tl’oh Forest Products in Ft.St. James to Close
Fort St. James, B.C.- Tl’oh Forest Products in Ft. St. James will be closing its doors, and 43 employees will be out of work.
The plant produced finger-joint products, but the company says there has been “a fundamental shift in markets that does not allow the business to remain viable”.
“We profoundly regret the decision we have had to make today,” said Tl’oh President Leonard Thomas. “Our biggest hope was that we could find some way to continue operations. Unfortunately, prevailing business conditions prevent us from doing so.”
The company also states future fibre uncertainty led to the decision to shut down the operation.
“We appreciate the hard work of our employees and we want to emphasize that this closure is not a reflection of the people of Tl’oh, the work that they are doing or what they have accomplished,” said Thomas. “We want to sincerely thank our employees, suppliers, local contractors, and the community of Fort St. James for the support shown over the past 20 years.”
All employees have been notified that the plant will close its doors as of July 31st.Operating as a partnership between Apollo Forest Products and the Nak’azdli First Nation, Tl’oh has been in business for nearly 20 years.
Of the 43 employees, 39 are members of the Nak’azdli First Nation. Employees are being advised to contact Apollo Forest Products and will be given first consideration for any job openings there.
The assets of the finger-joint plant will be prepared for storage until either operations resume, or a decision is made on the future of the mill. At this point there has been no decision on whether or not the mill and its assets will be sold.