VERNON, B.C. — Tolko’s High Level Lumber has temporarily suspended operations due to the evacuation of the Town of High Level on Monday as a result of the proximity of the Chuckegg Creek wildfire.
“All employees who have not been identified as essential to asset protection, have been evacuated and should be enroute to, or have arrived at, reception centres in High Prairie and Slave Lake, as well as other locations,” says Vice President, Solid Wood, Troy Connolly.
“The mill has full fire suppression in effect and is being used as one of the staging centres for various wildfire, firefighting, and emergency crews. Only essential staff remain on site.”
Connolly went on to say Tolko will be communicating with displaced employees on important issues via its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TolkoIndustries) and encouraged all employees to follow the Town of High Level Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TownofHighLevel) for the latest information.
Tolko High Level Lumber has an annual estimated capacity of 435 million board feet.
Tolko is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of forest products for customers around the world, including lumber, plywood, veneer, oriented strand board, co-products, biomass power and a growing number of specialty wood products.
For more than 60 years, our family-owned company has delivered reliability, flexibility, efficiency, and quality in the production of a wide range of forest products for world markets.
We hold third-party certification on the forestlands we sustainably manage in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, and we play an active role in the communities where our employees live and work.
For further information, please contact:
Janice Lockyer, Communications Advisor
Tolko Industries Ltd.
T: 250-550-2598 C. 250-306-0929