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EACOM invests $5.7M in Ontario and Quebec mill upgrades

October 26, 2015 - EACOM Timber Corporation recently approved three new capital projects at the Timmins and Val d’Or sawmills.

At the dimension lumber mill operation in Timmins, Ont. a new lumber grading system will be installed in the planer mill, complete with an upgrade to the entire planer mill control systems. The primary supplier for this project is Autolog Sawmill Optimization in Blainville, Que. The project cost is $2.8 million and will feature the latest technology to automatically grade the visual characteristics of finished lumber. The expected benefits are improved grade yields and higher lumber recovery. The project will be completed in January 2016 and comes on the heels of a $27-million investment to rebuild the sawmill after a devastating fire in January of 2012.

The Val d’Or studmill in Quebec will be modernized by receiving upgrades to the sawing line and to the scanning and optimization for the trimmer and sorter. The total cost of both projects is $2.9 million and will be completed in November 2015. The primary vendors for these projects are Hewsaw Machines from Finland and Autolog Sawmill Optimization in Blainville, Que. Both projects will improve the lumber recovery and upgrade the controls systems in the sawmill. With these recent projects, EACOM has invested over of $6 million at its Val d'Or sawmill since 2013.

“These capital investment projects at the Timmins and Val d'Or sawmills build on EACOM's previous investments in its Ontario and Quebec sawmills to increasing our capacities in shifts, employment levels and production,” said Kevin Edgson, CEO of EACOM. “Investments such as these demonstrate our commitment to maintaining strong assets and position us better for future stability.”

EACOM Timber Corporation is a major supplier of lumber and wood products in North America. Operations include the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of lumber and wood-based, value-added products, and the management of forest resources. EACOM currently owns seven sawmills, five in Ontario and two in Quebec, as well as a remanufacturing facility in Quebec and a partnership operation in an engineered I joist plant in Ontario, for a total of 800 employees. The company is committed to investing in strong assets, including healthy forests, advanced technology, and talented people.
For more information, visit www.eacom.ca.

Source: EACOM Timber Corporation

October 26, 2015  By  Andrew Snook

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