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J.D. Irving investing $35M to expand Doaktown, NB sawmill


June 15, 2020
By J.D. Irving, Ltd.

July will see shovels in the ground as the sawmills division of J.D. Irving, Ltd. begins a long-awaited investment at Doaktown, N.B.

The $35 million project will see the mill’s footprint grow by 14,000 square feet bringing together the sawmill, planer mill and value-added centre under one roof. Currently the sawmill is located on the other side of the road. New, state-of-the-art technology will be installed throughout the lumber production process.

“This is home and we have a great team here at Doaktown. We’ve been part of the community for over 30 years,” Jerome Pelletier, vice-president of sawmills for J.D. Irving, Ltd, said. “We know how important it is to sustain jobs and support local suppliers in rural New Brunswick. On completion, this site will be one of the most modern of its kind in North America. From a customer and market perspective, the timing is right.”

The project is expected to generate 40,000 person-hours of work and will employ a team of 60 people during peak construction.

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The company is targeting spring 2021 for the commissioning and start-up of the new facility.