PAPINEAUVILLE, Que. - A Quebec-based hardwood flooring manufacturer has shut down all of its logging operations - laying off 165 workers. 
 
Lauzon Planchers de bois exclusifs sold wood chips to the nearby Fortress paper mill. Fortress then temporarily shut down in October. Lauzon said the Fortress closure was the reason for its decision.
 
Fortress said weakened demand from China - caused by U.S-China trade war - forced it to shut down. A day after the announcement, the Quebec government provided Fortress with an $8 million loan to help it reopen by the end of November.
 
Lauzon has not confirmed if it would restart logging operations upon Fortress' reopening. Lauzon has been making wood floors for 30 years in Quebec.
 
 

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