Quesnel, B.C. - West Fraser announced to its employees today a plan to resume manufacturing MDF at WestPine by October 2016.
WestPine experienced a fire within the mill’s equipment in March. After the incident, Ted Seraphim, President and CEO of West Fraser, told employees that the mill would not restart until it was reengineered to fully address the conditions that led to the March fire.
At a staff meeting today, Mr. Seraphim announced that the construction of a new system with advanced safeguards would proceed and be completed this fall.
“After a thorough investigation we are confident that we can reengineer the equipment and process flow at WestPine to ensure a safer working environment for everyone at the facility. We will also be making modifications at our Ranger Board plant in Alberta as a result,” added Mr. Seraphim. “We are proud of how our employees responded to this incident and I want to thank them for their professionalism and dedication to WestPine.”
West Fraser shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: “WFT”.
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Larry Hughes, Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Rodger Hutchinson, Vice-President, Corporate Controller and Investor Relations