West Fraser Committed to Re-Starting Westpine
Quesnel, B.C. – In the wake of last week’s explosion and fire at the Westpine MDF plant in Quesnel, West Fraser’s President and CEO Ted Seraphim, says the company plans to rebuild and reopen that facility.
In a statement issued this morning, Serpahim praises the Westpine employees for “the strength and professionalism” they have shown during the explosion and fire that took place on Wednesday March 9th and in the days following the event. “We will ensure they continue to receive the full support of our company and all of the resources we can provide” states Seraphim.
While stating the company is committed to repairing and restarting Westpine, Serpahim says that won’t happen until “we complete our investigation, determine the root cause of what failed inside the MDF forming process equipment, and are confident we have the solution in place to ensure a similar incident can never happen again.” He says the operation will not restart “until we know it is safe.”
Seraphim says in the meantime, all Westpine employees will remain “fully employed” as clean up and repair activities get underway and are completed.
He also offers a special thank you to the emergency services personnel, particularly the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department “who responded so quickly and ably last Wednesday night to protect and help our people.”
The cause of the explosion and fire have yet to be determined and a damage estimate has not been released. WorkSafe BC is investigating.