Conifex joins B.C. lumber producers bound for U.S. south

Conifex Timber Inc. CEO Ken Shields’ rationale for his company’s decision to spend US$21 million to buy a mothballed Arkansas sawmill sounds like a wake up call to a British Columbia forestry sector grappling with mounting challenges. “The U.S. south has overtaken the interior region of B.C. as the dominant, low-cost lumber supply region of North America,” Shields said to analysts on the call.

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