Tree Frog Forestry News

Fruitvale mill affected by downturn in lumber market

By Sheri Regnier
The Trail Times
June 13, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A family-run mill, and key West Kootenay employer, has rode out many storms in 60+ years of operations in Fruitvale. So this latest downturn in the lumber industry across British Columbia – due to poor market conditions, disastrous wildfires, and ongoing insect infestations – is one more challenge that ATCO Wood Products is prepared to face through progressive planning. “At ATCO Wood Products, we are not immune to these phenomenons,” Chief Executive Officer Scott Weatherford told the Trail Times. “We are evaluating market conditions day by day, and charting a new path weekly to weather these challenges.” As a producer of softwood veneer for the plywood industry, ATCO supplies a small, niche product to a market that is also presently in an economic downswing.

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