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Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser will permanently close its idled Structurwood OSB mill in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada. The mill has been idled since December 2007.
Weyerhaeuser still maintains a dimensional softwood lumber sawmill in Drayton Valley, which it continues to operate.
“Factors that led to the original decision to idle the Drayton Valley Structurwood mill -- the decline in the U.S. housing market and the high Canadian dollar -- have not changed since that decision,” said Phil Dennett, vp-strand technologies for Weyerhaeuser, in a statement.
“Weyerhaeuser is working with the Government of Alberta to find ways to enhance the viability of our remaining mills in the region,” Dennett added, including a further mill in Edison, Alberta.
The mill originally employed around 130 people -- some have moved to other areas of the Weyerhaeuser business, while some were given severance, the company said.