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Mercer Peace River streamlines fibre procurement with new log hauling company


May 20, 2022
By CFI staff

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Mercer Peace River in Peace River, Alta., has established a new transportation company Peace River Transport to support its fibre procurement project.

The goal of the new company is to facilitate MPR’s transition from processing fibre offsite through mobile chippers in the forest to receiving cut-to-length logs that will be stored and processed onsite.

Peace River Transport (PRT) has requisitioned 17 10-axle log trucks and plans to expand to more than 40. The trucks will be operated by both company personnel and contracted owner/operators. The new company has created 34 local jobs, with more to come.

“Through this investment, not only will PRT contribute to the economy through direct career opportunities but will also open the door to potential long-term, meaningful partnerships in the region,” Mercer said in a news release.

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Mercer has appointed Henry Dyck as the new general manager for Peace River Transport.

“PRT is fundamental to the success of our new Fibre Procurement Project” Roger Ashfield, Mercer Peace River managing director, said. “This Mercer establishment will not only streamline our fibre transportation but will more importantly lower our carbon footprint, creating long-term environmental enhancements. At Mercer, we are constantly evolving our processes to better protect our economy, environment, and the communities in which we operate.”