Tembec founder Frank Dottori appears to be fronting the establishment of Ontario’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) plant in St. Thomas, Ontario. The Ontario government announced a contribution of close to $5 million for the $32 million facility.

The plant will be operated by Element5, a Toronto and Montreal-based design, engineering and fabrication group specializing in mass timber construction. Last January, Dottori, owner of WRC Timber, stepped down from running the day-to-day operations at his sawmills in White River and Hornepayne  to work with Element5 in pursuing a CLT plant for Ontario.