Due to the economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic in Canada and the United States, Matériaux Blanchet has decided to pause its sawmill operations in Amos and Saint-Pamphile as of April 11, 2020. The company will announce its return to normal operations once the situation has stabilized.
Matériaux Blanchet will continue its planing and shipping operations.
Matériaux Blanchet would like to emphasize that its customers will not be affected by this decision. Orders will continue to be fulfilled at all times. To that end, the sales department will remain open as usual. Customers who have questions about the situation are encouraged to contact their sales representatives.
Unfortunately, given the current situation, the company needs to temporarily lay off some of its employees. Matériaux Blanchet’s employees are very important to it, and it has stated that they will be kept up to date as the situation evolves.
“Despite my best efforts, this is a step I need to take today. I would like to acknowledge all of our employees’ outstanding work since the crisis began. We will be there for them, even in these difficult times,” stated Jean-Paul Carrier, president of Matériaux Blanchet.
About Matériaux Blanchet
Matériaux Blanchet Inc. is one of Québec’s largest independent private sawmills, with an annual production capacity of over 300 million FBM of softwood. The company runs two integrated sawing, drying and planing complexes, one in Saint-Pamphile (Bas-Saint-Laurent) and the other in Amos (Abitibi-Témiscamingue). Matériaux Blanchet mainly produces lumber for the construction industry and for industrial applications. It also produces wood by-products, such as wood chips, wood shavings, sawdust and bark, which are used in the pulp and paper industry and by panel makers, energy companies and wood pellet and animal bedding companies.