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Canfor Radium mill to open Oct. 15

Canfor's revamped Radium sawmill will have plenty of familiar faces returning to work as the mill and planer get closer to a planned mid-October opening.

September 14, 2012  By  John Tenpenny

So far, 124 out of 130 unionized employees at the mill are confirmed to be returning to their jobs, union representative Gary Melnyk, who is also the plant chair for the Radium sawmill, told The Columbia Valley Pioneer.

“It’s a whole new mill; it’s not like the old mill,” added Melnyk. After Canfor’s $38.5 million investment to enhance productivity at the Radium mill, employees will be returning to a workplace with a new planer facility, a biomass energy system, and many modifications to the existing mill.

With a maintenance crew of 25 to 30 workers now preparing the mill, the first shift at the planer is set to take place just one month from now, on October 15, said Melnyk. One week later, the first shift at the mill is slated to begin.

In early November, a second shift will start at the mill. By early December, a second shift will take place at the planer. At that point, the mill and planer will be at full production.


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