The Carrier Forest Products Big River sawmill, which has been closed since 2007, officially reopened Tuesday.
“When I was Opposition Leader we toured the mill on the day they announced it was going to be closing (in 2006),” said Premier Brad Wall, who was on hand for the official ceremonies. “What an interesting and welcome contrast.”
Saskatchewan’s largest mill was reopened by Carrier Forest Products and has been back in operation since last September. It produces dimensional lumber and has an annual production capacity of 250 million board feet. The mill will employ up to 100 workers when it reaches full capacity, with more than 250 additional jobs expected to be created through contracts in timber harvesting, trucking, road construction and reforestation.
“We will soon be hiring for our second planer shift which will enable us to reach full capacity,” said Carrier president Bill Kordyban.
The forest industry has experienced a substantial improvement over the last year. The sector generated $650 million in forest product sales in 2013. Mill owners have reopened seven of 11 mills in Saskatchewan which are running at various stages of production. Wall said markets for lumber products had to improve so the forestry industry could grow again, but there also needed to be the right business climate.
From The StarPhoenix: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/River+sawmill+reopens/9836971/story.html