Mill closures put pressure on Kamloops’ Kruger mill

By Levi Landry
InfoTel News
February 5, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The company behind Kamloops’ pulp mill is feeling the pressure as the facilities that feed its inventory close across the province. Kruger, which bought the mill from Domtar last spring, isn’t facing any layoffs or curtailments yet, but it’s bracing for a domino effect. “The situation is serious, and we are never shielded from difficult market conditions,” company spokesperson Paule Veilleux-Turcotte said. The Kamloops mill uses product from other mills around the region to make its products. Often, it’s wood other sawmills can’t use, so it’s repurposed into refined pulp and paper products. Recent mill closures mean the 60-day inventory reserves have dropped to an estimated 15 days, Veilleux-Turcotte confirmed. “This demonstrates just how fiber supply has become a challenge recently,” he said. “That being said, we are determined to partner with all stakeholders, including the government and First Nations.”

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