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Aspen Planers to buy Ardew mill

A spokesperson for Aspen Planers Ltd. has confirmed that the company has purchased the former Ardew Wood Products Mill site.

April 5, 2013  By  John Tenpenny

“We have purchased Ardew,” David Gray told The Merritt Herald. “We’re sitting down and reviewing all of our options at this time. There are challenges but we’ve started reviewing the process but we don’t have anything to say at this point.”
The Ardew Mill shut down on January 11 of this year. The shutdown led to 50 lost jobs.

Aspen Planers would not confirm the purchase cost, but Gray said they are thankful to Ardew owner Erik Norgaard.

“We want to give acknowledgement to Erik Norgaard and his father for working hard and working in a very difficult environment,” said Gray. “It’s certainly not easy and it’s certainly not clear what the future is, but we’re reviewing all our options at the present time. This was a big step for Erik. It was a difficult one for him. We respect him. We think a lot of him. We’ve taken on a responsibility of trying to figure out what the future is.”

Aspen Planers Ltd. was founded in 1959 by the Ghog family. The company purchased the former Weyerhauser Mill which became Site B. In 2004, the company completed a $20 million upgrade to the existing breakdown facility at the Merritt mill.


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