Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.

June 01, 2006 20:08 ET

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.: Shutdown Extended at Grand Rapids, Minnesota OSB Plant

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2006) - Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. ("Ainsworth") (TSX:ANS) announced that production continues to be curtailed at the company's oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Following an extended closure which revitalized the press equipment, the facility resumed production on May 23rd. However, on May 30th the facility was shut down again due to further problems with newly installed hydraulic components. Ainsworth is working with all affected customers and will attempt to resume production on June 6th.

In Minnesota, Ainsworth employs approximately 600 employees at their three OSB manufacturing facilities in Grand Rapids, Cook, and Bemidji. The Grand Rapids plant has an annual production capacity of approximately 390 million square feet (3/8" basis). Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ainsworth is North America's fourth largest manufacturer and marketer of OSB.

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