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Skeena mill leased to Chinese firm

The City of Terrace has inked a 10-year deal to lease a portion of the old Skeena Cellulose property to Yaorun Wood.


February 28, 2013
By The Terrace Standard

The property had been used as a log yard for the former Skeena Cellulose sawmill and Yaorun is using it as a staging area for wood coming from as far away as Hazelton, according to the Terrace Standard.

Logs will be assorted according to specific categories in preparing for being trucked to Prince Rupert for export to China.
There are about 10 people working at the site and at least another 20 in the field, said Bryan Halbauer, CEO of Bryco Enterprises which has been contracted by Yaorun to manage the site activity.

“And there will be even more when we start shipping to China,” he said.

Plans for the site include clearing trees which have grown on the land over the last decade of site inactivity, and building a new scale, he said.

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The Chinese wood processing company, which first appeared in the region by setting up shop in Burns Lake and recently completed harvesting on two B.C. timber sale licences in that area, is paying $10,000 a month, or $120,000 annually, to use the city-owned Keith Ave. land.

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