TEMISCAMING, QC, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Tembec today announced a
reduction of production, via a reduced work week, both at its Elko sawmill and
corresponding planer mill commencing the week of January 14, 2008 as well as
at its Canal Flats sawmill and corresponding planer mill starting the week of
January 21, 2008. Over the next three months Tembec will take the equivalent
of three weeks of production downtime, through reduced shifts at the mills.
Tembec is working with Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)
to implement a Work Sharing Program to reduce the impact on its affected
employees during this period. Production requirements will be re-evaluated
following the initial three-month period.
These curtailments will reduce production by approximately 24,000 mbf
totalling an annualized reduction of 124,000 mbf since July 2007. The Canal
Flats and Elko sawmills and planer mills have a combined annual production
capacity of 420,000 mbf of SPF lumber and employ approximately 480 people.
"These curtailments are being taken due to the sharp decline in demand
for lumber given poor housing market conditions in the United States, low
lumber prices and the impact of the high valued Canadian dollar relative to
the US currency," said Dennis Rounsville, Executive Vice President and
President of Tembec's Forest Products Group. "We are doing all we can in order
to minimize the impact of this decision on our employees and the affected
communities," concluded Mr. Rounsville.
Management has informed employees of all affected sites of the Company's
Tembec is a large, diversified and integrated forest products company.
With operations principally located in North America and in France, the
Company employs approximately 8,000 people. Tembec's common shares are listed
on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TBC. Additional information on
Tembec is available on its website at www.tembec.com.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of securities laws. Such statements relate to the Company's or
management's objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or predictions
of the future and can be identified by words such as "anticipate", "estimate",
"expect", "will" and "project" or variations of such words. These statements
are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of
its experience and its perception of future developments. Such statements are
subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to,
changes in foreign exchange rates, product selling prices, raw material and
operating costs and other factors identified in our periodic filings with
securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States. Many of
these risks are beyond the control of the Company and, therefore, may cause
actual actions or results to materially differ from those expressed or implied
herein. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise
any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.
For further information:
For further information: Richard Fahey, Vice President, Communications
and Public Affairs, (514) 871-2304; Tracy Dottori, Corporate Manager,
Organizational Development, (819) 627-4591