Newpro looking to convert particleboard facility to wood pellets
July 14, 2015 - Newpro is looking to convert its particleboard facility in Smithers, B.C. into a wood pellet manufacturing plant.
The company recently presented its proposal to Smithers Town Council. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said he was excited about the potential employment the plant could bring, but he is also concerned about local air quality, according to a report from radio station CJFW.FM. Newpro’s particleboard production facility stopped operating in January 2014.
"In 2013, the economics of foreign exchange on the particleboard world was such that it didn’t make economic sense to continue to operate the plant," Newport’s Aaron Sinclair told cjfw.ca.
Newpro stated that the new wood pellet plant would bring considerable improvement in air quality compared to the particleboard plant. A full consultation report will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment by August 3.