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Tolko lumber reload centre open

Tolko Industries has opened the largest lumber reload centre in B.C., but the products being loaded into containers at the Richmond site are not bound for B.C.'s traditional markets in the U.S. - they are all going overseas to Asia.

September 12, 2012  By  John Tenpenny

The building spans 1.6 hectares alongside the Fraser River, and can store enough wood to fill 30,000 containers a year, according to The Vancouver Sun. That’s enough lumber and panelling products to make 90,000 new homes a year, and according to John Langley, Tolko’s general manager of export sales, the new reload centre shows how significant the Asian market has become for Vernon-based Tolko, the world’s fifth-largest producer of softwood lumber.

The $12-million facility was officially opened for business on Monday, adding 35 new jobs and consolidating Tolko’s distribution system from 12 locations into one.

Fed by a railway line, production from 10 of Tolko’s Interior mills is funnelled to the site, where Tolko has easy access to containers that arrived full from China. Instead of going back empty, they are now going back loaded with B.C. wood.

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