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Kalesnikoff Lumber investing $35M in mass timber facility

March 14, 2019  By  Ellen Cools

The Kalesnikoff family sawmill is located next to the Kootenay River. Photo: Annex Business Media

South Slocan, B.C. will soon be home to Kalesnikoff Lumber Company’s new multi-species mass timber manufacturing facility.

Kalesnikoff is investing $35 million to construct the new 110,000 square foot facility and purchase processing equipment and technology from multiple companies, including Kallesoe Machinery and Conception RP. The companies says it will be the most advanced, fully integrated, multi-species mass timber manufacturing facility in North America.

“We see mass timber as a natural and exciting innovation and next step for our company and team,” said Chris Kalesnikoff, COO of Kalesnikoff Lumber Company, in a statement. “We’ve done extensive research to ensure our new world-class equipment will create exceptionally high-quality cross-laminated timber and glulam beams. Our focus will be on full integration from the forest through cutting, drying and manufacturing to the final finished and delivered products.”

The announcement from Kalesnikoff comes in the wake of the B.C. government’s decision to allow for the construction of tall wood buildings up to 12 storeys, ahead of anticipated changes to the National Building Code in 2020.


The company plans to open the new facility in late 2019 with a full product line by summer 2020, creating 50 new, full-time local jobs.

In honour of this milestone, Kalesnikoff has rebranded, including a new logo and tagline, “Timber Inspires,” and website.

Read CFI‘s feature story on Kalesnikoff Lumber here.

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