Resolute Forest Products Begins Work on Its $17 Million Upgrade to Fort Williams First Nation Sawmill

Originally announced last year in August, Resolute Forest Products held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday (5-6-22) for its $17 million (CAD) upgrades at its sawmill at Fort William First Nation.

According to an earlier press release, the project will improve log and lumber handling capabilities and increase the mill’s capacity by as much as 40 million board feet. It will also create 30 new jobs. According to Resolute’s website, the Fort Williams sawmill operation, located on Darnell Avenue, employs 272 people, annually producing 330 million board feet of lumber and 45,000 tons of wood pellets.

Fort William Chief Peter Collins, who attended Friday’s ceremony, remarked earlier on the community’s continued “mutually beneficial” collaboration with Resolute. “We have worked together on the sawmill for two decades in a true spirit of partnership,” Collins said when the upgrade was announced.


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Multimillion-dollar mill upgrade underway