Plans made to re-open Saskatchewan sawmill
November 11, 2011
By: The Nipawin Journal
The Carrot River sawmill, formerly owned by Weyerhaeuser and purchased by EdgeWood Forest Products is nearly ready to begin operating again. The company announced plans to begin the process of getting the Carrot River sawmill up and running on Wednesday, November 2 at the sawmill site east of Carrot River.
"We wanted to announce to the community and also thank the government, thank the local community, the forest service and the provincial government for all the work they have done," C&C Group vice president and Chief Operating Officer Ron Dunn said.
EdgeWood, which is a division of C &C Wood Products, is going to be reopening the plant in the near future
"We purchased the facility two years ago and we have been putting together a marketing package so we could facilitate the startup of the mill. We have now completed that process so we are going to get the mill ready to start cutting, we have some logs in the yard," he said.
Dunn was pleased with how the community and area has embraced the company and looks forward to getting the plant operational.
"The reception we have received from all of those levels has been very positive, it has been quite clear that people want to see something happen here and that we are going to start that process now," Dunn said.
According to the company no date has been set for the opening but the process is underway.
"We are starting to hire employees and we are getting the mill ready to cut logs as well, it won't be very long. We will have a grand opening at some point," he said.
Dunn explained that the company had to wait for two years because of the market conditions that existed.
"If it were a more vibrant market, that would have been different," Dunn said.
"The market is still down but we have managed to find a niche opportunity," Dunn said.
According to Andy Borsa, the plant manager for the Carrot River facility, the five-year wait since the sawmill closed has required patience.
"It has been a long time coming," he said.
The plant has been closed for almost five years in December. According to Borsa the spin-off benefits will carry out through the whole northeast area.
"Our employee base, even in the plant was from this whole northeast area. When you take into account contractors, truckers and other spin-offs. I mean, the direct jobs in the plant are one thing but indirectly with the harvesting and the hauling that is huge," Borsa said.