The Drax Group announced on Friday (9-17-21) that construction is underway on the second of three planned satellite pellet plants to be built in Arkansas. The move is part of a $40 million investment by Drax in the state.
The forestry industry in Saskatchewan received additional good news on Friday (9-10-21), with the announcement that two more timber mills will be receiving timber allocations from the province. These latest allocations come at the end of a week that saw two mills in Prince Albert receive timber allocations as well.
Dunkley Lumber Company, a privately owned Canadian forestry company with three sawmills in western Canada, has announced a $100 million (C$) expansion at their Carrot River, Saskatchewan sawmill facility. The expansion is expected to create 240 new direct and indirect jobs through growth in lumber sales and exports.
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 (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.
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.
On Wednesday (8-25-21), Resolute Forest Products, which owns or operates 40 facilities in Canada and the U.S., as well as power generation assets, announced that it was increasing their investment in its sawmill on Fort William First Nation site, from the previously announced $13 million (CAD) to $17 million.
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.
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.
Conifex Timber Inc. announced on Friday (8-20-21) that it will be temporarily curtailing production at their Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada sawmill for two weeks, starting on Monday, August 23, 2021. The bioenergy operations will remain uninterrupted.