Norbord Inc. reported that it has experienced a fire at its OSB mill in High Level, Alberta.
In the afternoon of May 4th, a fire broke out in the mill yard which, as a result of the hot, dry, windy weather conditions in northern Alberta, quickly spread to the log storage area outside the plant. As a precaution, Norbord immediately suspended production at the mill.
Fire crews, including helicopters, have been on site since yesterday afternoon and the fire is currently contained to the log storage area outside. At this time, Norbord is in the process of assessing damage to the mill and the impact to its production schedule.
All non-essential mill employees were safely evacuated and no injuries have been reported.
The High Level, Alberta mill has a stated annual production capacity of 860 million square feet (3/8-inch basis) and has been ramping up towards full production since resuming operations in late 2013. High Level is located approximately 720 kilometres northwest of Edmonton and 400 kilometres west of Fort McMurray. Yesterday’s fire is not believed to be related to any forest fires in the surrounding area.
Norbord Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of wood-based panels and the world’s largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to OSB, Norbord manufactures particleboard, medium density fibreboard and related value-added products. Norbord has assets of approximately $1.7 billion and employs approximately 2,600 people at 17 plant locations in the United States, Canada and Europe. Norbord is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “OSB”.
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