'The whole industry is shrinking': Forestry contractors losing work amid mill closures

The entire supply chain that feeds the sawmills with logs has seen a reduction in work, says David Elston, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

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The economic downturn in the forest industry is being felt, not only by the hundreds of mill workers who have been laid off or had a reduction in shifts, but also by forestry contractors, such as log truck drivers and independent timber harvesters, that rely on the mills to make money.

David Elston, executive director of The Truck Loggers Association, which represents forestry contractors across the province, predicts the industry will take a 25 per cent hit in the upcoming months which could lead to bankruptcies and more layoffs.

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Source: CBC News

 

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