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Burns Lake sawmill to be rebuilt

The Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake, B.C., will be rebuilt confirms Hampton Affiliates and B.C. Jobs minister, Pat Bell — assuming certain conditions can be met.

September 17, 2012  By  John Tenpenny

According to a CBC.ca report, Monday morning, Hampton Affiliates said it intends to rebuild the Babine Forest Products mill, “subject to conditions being met.” The final decision will be made in December.

According to a Government of B.C. news release, those conditions include adequate timber supply, and if the company is able to work out agreements with the community of Burns Lake and area First Nations.

Hampton Affiliates had said it needed at least 1 million cubic metres of wood annually to justify rebuilding the sawmill, but if it decides to proceed, a new mill could be operating as early as 2014.

The company wouldn’t disclose how much it would cost to rebuild the sawmill, indicating only that it would be “substantial.”


However, Hampton Affiliates CEO Steve Zika confirmed the new sawmill will be smaller.

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