Feds invest $4.5M toward Louisiana-Pacific’s Dawson Creek mill
By Ellen Cools
The federal government is investing $4.5 million towards the $161 million project for Louisiana-Pacific’s Dawson Creek sawmill, to support the facility’s economic competitiveness and local forestry jobs.
The $4.5 million will go towards everything from engineering and design work to procurement, construction and start up of the mill.
In order to make the mill more competitive and productive, the company will install new technology.
Once finished, the upgraded sawmill is expected to produce 300 million square feet of SmartSide Lap Siding, an engineered wood siding product usable in exterior building applications; establish a new revenue stream from under-utilized biomass; and support 69 direct and 200 indirect jobs.
“As a leader in building solutions, LP is committed to meeting the growing demands of our siding business. Our Dawson Creek manufacturing operations and its more than 200 local employees play a significant role in driving growth in our specialty markets by producing high-performance products. We’re grateful for the government of Canada’s support of our expansion and new jobs, as well as the government’s continued support of our long-time outstanding employees in Dawson Creek,” said Jimmy Mason, Louisiana-Pacific’s vice-president of manufacturing operations.