Forestry feels the bite of Vancouver port strike as talks continue

March 14, 2014

Talks continued on March 14 towards a resolution of the trucking strike that has crippled Vancouver's port and caused layoffs in British Columbia's forestry sector.

Surinder Ghog, chief executive officer of Surrey-based Aspen Planers, told Business in Vancouver that approximately 10 workers at his company's reloading facility had been temporarily laid off because of the lack of work. The company's various veneer, plywood and cedar mills could be shuttered as early as next week if the strike continues.

Several pulp mills in Alberta would likely have to shut down next week if the strike continues, said James Gorman, president of the Council of Forest Industries. Most B.C. lumber mills could likely keep operating throughout next week, but not past that point...Read more.

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