Hampton Affiliates' Decker Lake Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, British Columbia, stopped production June 5, will stay closed for several weeks until orders come in

BURNS LAKE, British Columbia , June 10, 2009 () – In early April, 2009 David Garcia, general manager of Babine Forest Products (BFP) and Decker Lake Forest Products. (DLFP), Hampton Affiliates companies said, "We will be running Decker Lake on an orders shift," said Garcia in April.

According to Garcia, the shifts that were to be available would depend on the orders that come in, when there is an order, there will be work available.

Now in May parts of the mill are again shut down.

The DLFP sawmill stopped production on Friday and will remain down for several weeks until more orders come in.

Garcia noted, "The planer is still working on one shift, and we are filling orders out of the existing rough lumber inventory."

BFP have now also switched over to the work share program. "Babine had its workshare program approved last Friday," said Garcia.

"Babine mill will be working on a rotation basis. One week will be a three day work week, the next week will be a two day work week and so on," Garcia commented.

"We have applied for the workshare program for a 12 month period, but it all depends on the orders, the economy and the industry, if things improve we also have the option of coming off workshare," he said.

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