Mills
Aug. 11, 2017 - The mill in Ignace, Ont., an almost three-hour drive northwest of Thunder Bay, is more than just a modern sawmill. For the town of about 1,200, Resolute Forest Products is one of its biggest employers.
Aug. 3, 2017 - Just off the winding Sea to Sky Highway running along the coast from Vancouver to Whistler, B.C., the unique wooden architecture of the Squamish Adventure Centre beckons tourists to stop in.
July 31, 2017 - West Fraser is adding seven new U.S. operations including six sawmills and a finger-joint mill in Florida and Georgia as part of the company's acquisition of Gilman Companies. 
July 28, 2017 - Western Forest Products Inc. announced Wednesday the indefinite curtailment of its Somass Sawmill, located in Port Alberni, B.C. The Somass Sawmill has been temporarily curtailed since February 2017, prior to which it operated on a single shift basis. Western intends to offer voluntary severance to its Somass Sawmill hourly employees.

The difficult decision to indefinitely curtail operations is in response to the lack of log supply to operate the mill efficiently, as well as the uncertainty caused by duties recently applied to Canadian softwood lumber products sold into the United States. Western is focused on reducing costs to remain competitive. Cost reductions will be delivered through operational consolidation. The company expects to offset lost production from Somass by increasing production at its other operations on Vancouver Island.

"We have made the announcement to provide clarity and options for our Somass employees. We will be encouraging employees to explore opportunities for employment at Western's other sawmills on Vancouver Island," said Don Demens, president and chief executive officer of Western. "Western is committed to creating the most competitive specialty softwood lumber manufacturing business possible. We have invested over $300 million on the coast of B.C. since 2012, including $100 million in moderni zing our Vancouver Island manufacturing facilities, and we remain focused on ensuring the long-term viability of our business for the benefit of our employees, shareholders, and the communities in which we operate."
July 17, 2017 - Canfor has temporarily closed its Vavenby sawmill and suspended logging operations in the area due to the worsening wildfire situation in B.C.
July 14, 2017 - Bonfield, Ont., is the chosen site of a new sawmill proposed by International Wood Industries (IWI), which plans to invest $140 million into the project. The facility will include a mill to process hard and softwood as well as produce value-added products, and a pellet plant for the residuals. 
July 12, 2017 - Tolko Industries' forestry operations near Williams Lake, B.C., are among those forced to shutdown until further notice due to wildfires in the area. 
July 11, 2017 - West Fraser has suspended operations at three of its mills in B.C. as the province declares a state of emergency due to escalating wildfire activity.
July 10, 2017 - The evacuation of 100 Mile House, B.C., due to an encroaching wildfire has caused Norbord to temporarily suspend production at its OSB mill in the area. 
July 5, 2017 - Galloway Lumber Company in B.C. has cut its production and laid off eight employees in response to U.S. duties on softwood lumber imports. 
June 21, 2017 - Tolko Industries is restarting its oriented strand board mill near High Prairie, Alta., and looking to employ about 175 people.
June 15, 2017 - What would you do if the 2x4 market suddenly collapsed overnight? Would you be able to quickly pick up the pieces and adapt? The thought of this happening is what prompted Maibec to develop a $25-million investment plan for its mill in Saint-Pamphile, Que.
June 13, 2017 - Dallan Holdings, a mill yard services company based in Thunder Bay, Ont., exemplifies what a company can accomplish when it focuses on its people. Co-owner and general manager, Dale Levesque is the man behind that focus.
June 12, 2017 - Gilles Plante, general superintendent of the newly opened Resolute Forest Products Atikokan sawmill in northwestern Ontario, has plans for the future of his mill: to be the best.
June 6, 2017 - The trade of sawfiling goes back to when men first started cutting wood with saws. In the beginning, filers were largely self taught and performed their mysteries behind the locked doors of their shops where even the mill owners needed permission before being allowed to enter the shadowy realm of the “Saw Doctors.”

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