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Proposed Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Timber Mill Receives Province Timber Allocation

A proposed timber mill in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada that is expected to create 700 new jobs in the area moved one step closer to becoming a reality when One Sky Forest Products OSB received its timber allocation from the province. The province did not say how much it was allocating but said the majority of the timber would be from the province…

Idaho Forest Group Announces Plans to “Indefinitely” Suspend Operations at their St. Regis, Montana Sawmill

Idaho Forest Group (IFG), a private company based in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, announced on Monday, August 30, 2021 that it intends to indefinitely suspend operations at its St. Regis, Montana operation by late November. The St. Regis mill employs 99 people and has contracts with loggers and haulers, some of whom may continue delivering logs to other IFG mills in Northern Idaho.

San Group Opens New State-of-the-Art Small Diameter Log Sawmill in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island

The San Group, the Langley, B.C.-based company, is putting the finishing touches on the first new sawmill to be built on the B.C. coast in 15 years. The greenfield sawmill/reman operation is located in Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island. Unlike most mill operations on the B.C. coast, the new Port Alberni sawmill is specifically set up to handle smaller, second growth timber.

Canfor Corporation Announces Production Cuts at B.C. Sawmills Starting Week of August 30, 2021

Canfor Corporation announced on Tuesday (8-24-21) that it will be implementing operation reductions at its BC sawmills, with the exception WynnWood, commencing the week of August 30, 2021. As a result, Canfor’s BC mills are expected to operate at approximately 80% of production capacity and operating schedules may continue to vary as economic conditions warrant.

Woodgrain Inc. to Expand Operations in Southwest Virginia

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced on Friday (8-20-21) that Woodgrain Inc., a family-owned business based in Idaho and one of the largest millwork companies in the world, will be investing $9 million to expand its operation in Smyth County and investing more than $8 million to purchase and expand the former Independence Lumber sawmill in Grayson.