Mills
Aug. 7, 2018 - Maibec is happy to announce that it concluded a transaction with Groupe Lebel of Rivière-du-Loup for their acquisition of the Maibec lumber mills located in St-Pamphile, Que., and Masardis, Maine.
July 31, 2018 - The oldest of seven boys, Leo Eby grew up on a dairy farm with his family. Whenever his dad didn’t need his help on the farm, Leo would help out at his neighbour’s sawmill.
July 3, 2018 - A partnership between three Ontario First Nations reached an agreement to re-open Nakina sawmill, which had been shut down for a decade.

The Agoke Lumber Limited Partnership, (which consists of ArolandEabametoong and Marten Falls First Nations) and Nakina Lumber Inc. signed the deal on Friday.

Agoke partnership president Mark Bell said the decision will provide more employment opportunities and provide another revenue stream for First Nation communities. 

"This [joint venture] agreement is part of an overarching Agoke strategy that will help us continue to ensure that local forest resources are protected, managed and developed for the mutual benefit of our First Nation partners and peoples," Bell said in a statement.

Read the full story here.
June 7, 2018 - From machine “deep learning” artificial intelligence for lumber grading to using near-infrared spectroscopy to sort species, speakers at OptiSaw mill automation and optimization forum gave their audience a rare glimpse into the future of sawmilling.
May 30, 2018 - It is said that if you want to truly understand somebody then you have to know all about where they live and where they come from. That is certainly the case with the Kalesnikoff family and the sawmill complex they operate on the bank of the idyllic Kootenay River between Nelson and Castlegar, B.C.
May 23, 2018 - Interfor Corporation announced that it has resumed operations at its sawmill in Grand Forks, B.C., following severe flooding in the area over the past two weeks.
May 15, 2018 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference on Monday attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, and many dignitaries and company employees.

"The significant investments at Saint-Félicien are expected to improve several areas of the operation, increasing the average daily production capacity by 76 metric tons and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels by 20 per cent," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.

On April 30, 2018, Resolute announced a $13 million investment in its La Doré wood products facilities, also located in Lac-Saint-Jean. In 2016, the company inaugurated Toundra Greenhouse, located adjacent to the Saint-Félicien pulp mill, a $100 million joint venture project with local investors.

During the press conference, Laflamme thanked local employees, government officials, as well as regional academic and economic development organizations for their continued support and advocacy.

Resolute employs close to 240 workers at the pulp mill, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
May 10, 2018 - Remaining competitive requires intensified efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency and to extract higher-margin products from the forest resource.
May 4, 2018 - File Week 2018 wraps today after five full days of coverage focused on new technology and processes for the file room, as well as strategies for filers to continue advancing their skills. Here’s a snapshot of what we learned from the featured articles, videos and columns.
May 1, 2018 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced major investments totalling $12,956,700 to upgrade several areas of its La Doré wood products facilities, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec.
April 25, 2018 - Skeena Sawmills' $10-million modernization plan has been put on hold as a result of weaknesses in old sawmill buildings that were exposed following periods of heavy snowfall last winter.

Operations vice-president Roger Keery told the Terrace Standard that the mill is re-engineering its plans and has structural upgrades in mind for the existing sawmill building, which will take place before the mill moves forward with its modernization.

“We had some problems with old buildings over the winter,” Keery told the Terrace Standard. “With the snow we had, some of the weaknesses in our older buildings became obvious. Our original plan was to use the existing buildings, but we are rethinking that now.”

Read the full article here.
April 18, 2018 - JoeScan, Inc., a market leader in 3D laser scanning technology for the sawmill industry, has announced the hiring of two new employees.
April 17, 2018 - Canadian Forest Industries is once again highlighting innovations in the filing room, from new processes and techniques to new technologies, during File Week 2018 from April 30 to May 4!
April 16, 2018 - The Ontario government is investing $1.9 million in upgrades to help modernize White River Forest Products sawmill outside of White River, Ont. The funds will allow the mill to increase production by 30 per cent and support new product development.
April 10, 2018 - Site manager Dave Herzig welcomes CFI to Nechako Lumber and Premium Pellet, companies of Sinclar Group Forest Products, in Vanderhoof, B.C. The site utilizes 100 per cent of the fibre that enters its gates, either as lumber, wood pellets, heat or power.
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