Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.

Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd.

April 02, 2006 19:56 ET

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 2, 2006) - Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. ("Ainsworth") (TSX:ANS) announced that production will be curtailed at the company's oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Grand Rapids, Minnesota from April 6, 2006 to May 10, 2006. During the closure the company will be making extensive repairs to this facility's press equipment.

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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