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EACOM invests $7.7M in continuous dry kiln at Matagami mill


May 12, 2021
By EACOM Timber Corporation
EACOM Matagami sawmill. Photo courtesy EACOM.

EACOM Timber Corporation is pleased to announce an investment of $7.7M to equip its Matagami, Que., sawmill with a new state-of-the-art continuous kiln (CDK). The kiln, which is expected to be fully operational by October 2021, will allow lumber to be dried 24 hours a day, without interruption, directly at the facility.

“The City of Matagami is thrilled with this significant investment for the future of the sawmill and our city. It is a strong gesture that shows that we are all in this for the long haul and demonstrates the spirit of sustainable partnership that has developed between us and EACOM Timber Corporation over the years. The development of renewable resources is essential for the communities of our region and they must be able to benefit in the long term, and as a priority, from stable fibre supplies so that today’s wonderful announcement is the first of many,” said René Dubé, Mayor of the City of Matagami.

The Matagami sawmill is an economic driver for the city and surrounding region, supporting more than 80 workers directly, another 240 jobs in forestry operations and hundreds more through vendors, contractors and transporters.

“The critical nature of our products has been highlighted over the past year and we have made the strategic choice to accelerate some of these investments and maximize our production capacity. We are proud to contribute to the construction of homes for families across North America, as well as the production of paper, cardboard, sanitary masks, and even medicines with the fiber we sustainably harvest around Matagami,” said Kevin Edgson, president and CEO of EACOM.

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In addition to being more energy efficient, the CDK will allow more control over the process locally and maximize the quality of the fibre produced at the mill. The addition of overall drying capacity will allow EACOM to increase its total yield of forest products.