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. That will help to increase production at the mill by 40 million board feet.
Currently, the mill processes 330 million board feet of construction-grade lumber and 45,000 metric tons of wood pellets. The mill currently employs about 250 people but Resolute plans to add another shift, creating 30 new jobs in the mill and additional jobs in woodlands operations. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.
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Resolute Forest Products and Fort William First Nation celebrate a sawmill expansion