Forestry “key economic driver” in northern Ontario

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

New plant in Hornepayne plus two northern sawmills announce exclusive sales agreement

With support from the Ontario government, Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company Ltd. has opened the Becker Cogeneration Plant in Hornepayne, Ontario. This 10-megawatt facility will use sawmill wood by-products to generate electricity for the provincial power grid and produce heat for nearby sawmill and kiln operations. 

The $66-million cogeneration facility is located next to existing lumber-manufacturing facilities, creating 20 new jobs, saving 100 more at a nearby mill and supporting an estimated 40 indirect jobs in collecting forest biofibre.

forest“Forestry is a key economic driver in northern Ontario,” says Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, “and I am tremendously pleased Olav Haavaldsrud is supporting and creating new jobs with the opening of a cogeneration plant, fostering a stronger economy regionally and across the North. This project represents important diversification within the forestry sector – certainly a vital advantage as the sector shows renewed signs of growth.”

As well, two northern Ontario sawmills have signed an exclusive sale agreement to sell lumber through Weston Forest Products, reports

Cheminis Lumber Inc. in Larder Lake and Rosko Companies in Kirkland Lake will both sell their lumber through Weston. With roots in the logging industry, both operations are fully integrated from woodlands to sawmill.

“Both of these sawmills are well run and able to produce a wide range of timbers up to 32-feet long, as well as an array of specialty wood products ranging in dimension from 1x3 to 12x12 – products not produced by regular commodity mills,” says Rick Ekstein, President and CEO of Weston Forest Products. “With these two mills’ manufacturing capabilities, and our marketing expertise, this will be beneficial for all parties.”

Haavaldsrud Timber continues to be active in the WSN Safe Workplace Ontario (SWO) program which assists firms in developing and advancing their health and safety management systems, and provides an annual health and safety audit by a WSN Consultant-Trainer based on current legislative requirements. The logging operations for both Rosko and Cheminis are also active in SWO.

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