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  1. Canadian lumber production in September reached 1.9 billion board feet, highest since April, and vaulted production through three quarters to 17.1 bbf. Year-to-date output in British Columbia gained 7%, to 9.3 bbf, as national output gained 2%. September was 4% above August levels and 3% above year-earlier levels.

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    Canfor Corp. has agreed to acquire Tembec Industries Ltd.'s southern British Columbia Interior wood products assets, for a purchase price including working capital of $C60 million. Canfor will purchase Tembec's Elko and Canal Flats sawmills and about 1.1 million cubic meters of combined Crown, private land, and contract annual allowable cut.

  3. Industries Parent has upgraded and reopened two mills that had been closed for about two years. About 90 employees returned to work at the Parent sawmill, 40 at the fingerjoint mill in Trois-Rivieres, plus about 170 forestry workers. Industries Parent was founded earlier this year when the assets of Kruger's sawmill in Parent were merged with those of Industries Perron's fingerjoint mill in Trois Rivieres.

  4. Kitwanga Sawmill, operated by Pacific Bioenergy near Hazelton, B.C., has shut down temporarily due to market conditions, according to the Vancouver Sun. 11/2/2011

  5. Louisiana-Pacific Corp. reported a third-quarter net loss of $65.6 million, or 49 cents per share, compared to a loss of $32 million, or 24 cents per share, in the same period last year. 11/7/2011

  6. Excluding special items, Interfor reported a net loss of $C0.5 million, or 1 cent per share, compared to a net loss of $C1.1 million, or 2 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2010.  11/3/2011

  7. Lumber production in British Columbia reached 8.2 billion board feet through August, 7% ahead of the 2010 pace, according to Statistics Canada. Canadian production was up only 2%, to 15.1 bbf, tempered by a decrease in Quebec and two other eastern provinces. Although production in Ontario gained 2%, it declined 25% from July to August, to 96 million board feet. National production for August was 1.9 bbf, changed just 1% or less compared to any of the previous three months. The B.

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    Cheslatta Forest Products Ltd. in Burns Lake, B.C., has officially shut down, following extended downtime, according to the Lake District News. The sawmill has been down since October 2008, although the planer has operated sporadically since then. In a statement issued to the newspaper, the mill's closure was attributed to a lack of modern three-phase power, skyrocketing fuel costs, the impending expiration of the mill's non-renewable beehive burning permit, and diminishing recovery of lumber from beetle-killed logs.

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    J.D. Irving Ltd. has announced plans to temporarily close two sawmills in New Brunswick. The company's Kedgwick mill will close between December 2 and the spring of 2012. The Doaktown mill will close between December 23 and February 13, 2012. Poor market conditions were cited.

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    After falling 29% in July compared to June, Canadian softwood lumber exports to China rebounded slightly in August. Shipments climbed to 264 million board feet, up from 253 mmbf the previous month but well below the record 356 mmbf exported in June. - 10/18/2011

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    J.D. Irving will close its sawmill in Deersdale, New Brunswick, on October 28, according to media reports and Forestweb. A company spokesperson said the shutdown is because the mill cannot source enough logs, and that the mill will remain down for an indefinite duration.

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    Canadian softwood lumber exports to China fell to 253 million board feet in July, down 29% from the 356 mmbf shipped in June, which was the 2011 peak and a single-month record. The July total was more than double the year-ago volume. Many observers attributed the month-over-month decline to the Chinese government's measures to cool the country's housing market.

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    Canadian lumber production in July reached 1.9 billion board feet, down 1% from June but up 2% from July 2010. Production through seven months also was up 2%, to 13.3 bbf. British Columbia accounted for the increase, led by a 16% rise in the Southern Interior and a 10% rise on the Coast through seven months.

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    Sinclar Group Forest Products announced that it will not resume operations at its Winton Global Lumber plant sites in Prince George, B.C. In a press release, Sinclar noted that U.S. housing starts have plummeted, causing lumber prices to drop and eliminating the primary market for the dimension lumber produced by Winton Global.

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    Tolko Industries Ltd. has announced that operations at the company's plywood mill near Kamloops, B.C., will decrease from four shifts to three effective October 30. About 30 employees and 50 million square feet (3/8-inch basis) of plywood will be affected. The cutback is in response to poor plywood markets and the competitive log market, according to Plant Manager Brenda Roberts.

  17. New Page 1 West Fraser Timber Co., Vancouver, declared a quarterly dividend of 14 cents per share on the common shares and Class B Common shares in the capital of the company, payable on October 11 to shareholders of record on September 27. - 9/15/2011

  18. New Pag Ligni Bel Ltd laid off half of the 80 workers at its sawmill in Scotsburn, Nova Scotia, this week and is running day to day after a shutdown at a nearby paper company suddenly cut off its log supply, according to the Chronicle Herald newspaper. NewPage Port Hawkesbury supplied the logs for the Ligni sawmill, but shut down recently and is now in creditor protection and up for sale, the newspaper reported.

  19. New Page 1 Municipal leaders in Ontario say that a provincial plan aimed at protecting caribou and their habitat would cause an immediate 25% reduction in wood supply available to the forest products industry, and a 65% reduction in less than 30 years, according to The Working Forest newspaper.
  20. New Page 1 The brown longhorn spruce beetle could shut down borders between New Brunswick and the U.S. if its spread isn't handled properly, according to Andrew Fedora of the Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners. "If the maritime region isn't perceived to be doing all it can do to prevent the spread of that bug, then that could severely restrict trade relations with the U.
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    Canfor Corp. has restarted the company's sawmill in Vavenby, B.C., following a $C24 million capital investment, which included a new canter line, a new grade optimizer in the planer, and an upgraded planer feed system. At full production, the sawmill will add 240 million board feet of S-P-F to the company's annual capacity.

  22. New Page 1 Canadian lumber production at the midway point of the year had reached 11.4 billion board feet, 2% ahead of the year-ago pace. Production in British Columbia through June was 6.2 bbf, up 7%, with the Southern Interior up 18% to 265 million board feet. Canadian output in June totaled 1.
  23. New Page 1 Western lumber production totaled 6.939 billion board feet through July, up 6.5% from the first seven months of 2010, according to the Western Wood Products Association. Through July, production in the Coast region was up 7.1% vs. a year ago. Inland production was up 5.
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  25. AbitibiBowater has announced plans to upgrade and restart its currently idled sawmill in Ignace, Ontario. The $C32 million investment includes the addition of an energy system and kilns to dry lumber, and a planer and packaging system to allow for the production of finished lumber ready for market. Engineering, design, and construction will occur over the next two years, with a return to production forecast for 2014. The investment is subject to the company reaching an acceptable labor agreement with the United Steelworkers union and finalizing an agreement on municipal matters with the township of Ignace.
  26. Louisiana-Pacific has announced plans to curtail press production of OSB at its mill in Dawson Creek, B.C., beginning August 25. The mill will continue to produce radiant barrier sheathing. Executive Vice President of OSB Jeff Wagner said the company believes that it will resume OSB production at the mill as the housing market starts to improve. - 8/24/2011
  27. Conifex Timber Inc. reported a second-quarter net loss of $C3.6 million, or 24 cents per share. EBITDA improved by $1.0 million compared to the same quarter last year. - 8/19/2011
  28. Canadian National Railway and China's CNBM Forest Products Trading agreed to use a new CN facility in Vancouver, B.C., to transload Canadian lumber into containers bound for China starting this fall. Initial capacity at the yard is 10,000 containers per year. CN also said it plans to increase transload capacity at a separate facility that feeds into the Port of Prince Rupert. That facility will now be able to ship more than 30,000 containers a year. - 8/15/2011

  29. Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. reported a second-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $12.9 million, compared to a loss of $17.3 million in the second quarter of 2010. - 8/8/2011
  30. Carrier Forest Products Ltd. is planning to re-establish a sawmill complex near Big River, Saskatchewan, according to media reports. A sawmill and planer are expected to restart in the fall of 2012, coinciding with the startup of the Prince Albert pulp mill. Negotiations reportedly are under way between Carrier and Eacom Timber Corp., the sawmill's current owner, which purchased it from Domtar in 2009. Results of those talks will determine whether Carrier will restart the old sawmill or build a new one.

  31. Western Forest Products reported second-quarter net income of $C12.1 million, or 3 cents per share, compared to net income of $C9.8 million, or 2 cents per share, in the same period last year. - 8/4/2011
  32. Onex Corp., a Canadian investment firm, has agreed to pay $864 million to take control of about 58% of Jeld-Wen Inc. Jeld-Wen's headquarters will remain in Klamath Falls, Ore., and Rod Wendt will remain as chief executive officer. Onex also will appoint a new company president, Philip Orsino, and will control half of Jeld-Wen's board seats. Jeld-Wen, Oregon's largest privately held company, produces windows and doors. - 8/4/2011
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