Vernon-based Tolko Industries, which earlier suspended operations at two of its mills near Williams Lake because of wildfires, has announced lump sum payments to workers affected by the decision. (Monica Lamb-Yorski/Black Press)

Vernon-based Tolko Industries, which earlier suspended operations at two of its mills near Williams Lake because of wildfires, has announced lump sum payments to workers affected by the decision. (Monica Lamb-Yorski/Black Press)

Tolko helps displaced workers

Vernon-based company offers lump sum payments to employees affected by wildfires

  • Jul. 13, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Vernon-based Tolko Industries is coming to the aid of its workers displaced by Cariboo wildfires.

Tolko announced Thursday it will provide all active hourly employees (regular and spareboard), from both its Lakeview and Soda Creek divisions, with a one-time $1,000 lump sum payment to help them during this challenging time.

The company suspended operations earlier this week in the face of the wildfires surrounding the area near Williams Lake.

This payment will be distributed to all 326 hourly employees from both mills and represents an overall contribution of $326,000.

Salaried employees will continue to receive their regular wages as those who were unable to attend work due to evacuation have been provided with alternate or remote working opportunities.

“At our core, Tolko is about family,” said Brad Thorlakson, president and CEO. “And in tough times, families come together and help each other. We knew we wanted to help, and we had to determine the best way to do that.

“Today, I think we’ve come to a solution that will support families as they navigate the uncertainty of the coming days.”

Funds will be deposited into employee’s bank accounts on Friday, July 21.

Thorlakson also offered recognition to employees at Williams Lake who have continued to work to protect the mill and to Woodlands staff fighting active fires in the area.

“They are an extraordinary group of people and are to be commended,” he said. To say thank-you seems small in light of their heart and dedication.”

Vernon Morning Star

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