TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Norbord Inc. (TSX: NBD) today announced that the Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has terminated the wood license associated with its curtailed Val-d'Or, Quebec OSB mill. Production at the Val-d'Or mill was indefinitely suspended in 2012 following persistently weak North American housing market conditions and lower demand for OSB. This development is not expected to have any impact on the Company's financial results.
"This is disappointing news, but in the bigger picture, we firmly believe that our Val-d'Or mill is the best alternative for the aspen pulpwood in that region," said Peter Wijnbergen, Norbord's President and CEO. "Unfortunately, market conditions do not yet justify a restart at Val-d'Or, but we are exploring options for the mill and are committed to a restart once market conditions are supportive. The Ministry has confirmed we can reapply for a wood license when we are ready to restart the mill."
Norbord is the world's largest OSB producer and continues to operate in the Abitibi region at its La Sarre, Quebec OSB mill. Since 2012, the Company has invested and committed capital in excess of US$35 million to optimize that mill's capacity and ensure its long-term competitiveness.
Norbord Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels and the world's largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to OSB, Norbord manufactures particleboard, medium density fibreboard and related value-added products. Norbord has assets of approximately $1.8 billion and employs approximately 2,600 people at 17 plant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Norbord is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NBD.
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