May 1, 2018
Resolute invests nearly $13M in upgrades at La Doré sawmill
By P&PC Staff
The funds will go toward two new electric boilers to generate the quantity of steam required for drying, as well as a new lumber packaging system in the planer mill, using prototypes developed by manufacturers from the region, says Gilbert Demers, division vice-president, Wood Products – Sawmills and Engineering. As well, Resolute plans to rebuild the infeed section of the sawmill and add multiple programmable logic controllers, “allowing the potential of each log to be better identified, used appropriately and optimally cut,” explains Demers.
The forest products company says the investments will result in result in improved energy efficiency as operational processes are modernized.
“This is a significant investment for the future of our La Doré facilities,” said Yves Laflamme, president and CEO. “We can count on innovation, regional solidarity and the pride our people have in their work to overcome the challenges facing our industry.”
Laflamme also mentioned the efforts of workers, elected representatives and governments, as well as regional economic, education and development organizations, to improve future prospects in the forest products industry.
Resolute employs close to 250 people at the La Doré sawmill, planer mill and finger-jointing facility, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. It owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, through Canada and the United States.