Workers at Tembec Inc.'s Kirkland Lake sawmill are bracing for layoffs mid-November as the company suspends operations in the wake of an unstable softwood lumber market.
Company officials say due to poor market conditions and the punitive duties imposed by the United States, the mill is not financially viable to continue operating at present. About 88 employees will be affected by the closure of the mill.
The mill will remain closed until market conditions improve, officials say.
This is the second mill Tembec has closed as a result of the duties imposed against Canadian softwood lumber. Tembec's Cranbrook, B.C. mill shut down recently.