Skeena mill in full operation

John Tenpenny
Monday, 05 November 2012

A full crew of Terrace workers showed up for shift Monday as Skeena Sawmills swung into full operation.

The sawmill, which prior to this summer hadn't cut a log since 2007, now employs 50 local workers and is expected to hire more, mill officials told the Terrace Standard.

After a lumber-making test period this summer, the sawmill has secured enough buyers for its lumber to operate from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

"That means employment for the people in Terrace first and foremost," said Gian Sandhu, spokesman for Roc Holdings Ltd., the company which owns the mill. "And it means that there's going to be some wood produced and we're going to look forward to better economic conditions for everyone in the town."

The mill will be making specialty sized lumber-products and has secured customers in China, Alberta and the eastern Canadian market, explained Sandhu.

Skeena Sawmills was purchased by the B.C. company Roc Holdings Ltd. in July 2011 and has spent about $6 million in B.C. to date including upgrades and operations. Officials said the sawmill is committed to spending up to $15 million to get fully started.

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