Western Forest Products Somass Division has resumed limited production with one daytime shift. The waterfront cedar mill, once the largest wood processing facility in the world, has been running with a crew of 43 since Feb. 1, according to WFP spokesman Gary Ley. “There is some demand for the cedar that we cut at Somass,” Ley said. “Some of the wood is going to Europe and some is for domestic sales.” By “domestic,” Ley said he means within Canada. Sales of finishing grade cedar to the U.S. have been low, as have sales to Japan.
“Historically, the U.S. has been an important market for us, and cedar has been important to the Japanese market,” he said. With the short crew, the Somass yard doesn’t have the same buzz as in past years. Read More