West Fraser Announces Additional COVID-19 Production Adjustments

In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic West Fraser is taking additional steps to respond to changing operating and market conditions.

As a result of the continuing proliferation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the imposition of mandatory and recommended governmental restrictions on movement, travel, work and trade that are impacting our operations and creating uncertainty in the demand for forest products, the following additional changes to operating schedules at West Fraser’s manufacturing operations have been implemented.

Lumber

Effective March 30, lumber production at all British Columbia sawmills will be curtailed for one week. This will result in the elimination of an additional 24 million board feet of production for the week in addition to the curtailments and reduced production announced on March 19.

Panels

Effective March 30, plywood production at the Company’s Alberta Plywood and Slave Lake Veneer facilities will be temporarily suspended until at least April 6. This will reduce the Company’s plywood production by an additional 6,500 msf per week.

About West Fraser

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips, other residuals and energy with facilities in western Canada and the southern United States.

Contact:

Chris Virostek – Vice President Finance & CFO – (604) 895-2700

Source: West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.