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Daily Archives: November 20, 2012

Business & Politics

WorkSafeBC orders cleanups after hazardous wood dust levels found at forest manufacturers

by Gordon Hoekstra
Vancouver Sun
November 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A second phase of inspections following two deadly sawmill explosions earlier this year found nearly 60 per cent of forestry plants had levels of dust putting them at risk of fire or explosion, according to WorkSafeBC records. Inspections last spring targeted sawmills. …. Of 83 facilities inspected in July, August and early September, 48 of them were cited for having levels of dust that “present a hazard of fire and/or explosion,” according to inspection records obtained by The Vancouver Sun under a provincial freedom of information request.

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Tolko shutters mill near Williams Lake (broadcast)

CBC News
November 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s a blow to the city of Williams Lake, and especially tough news for dozens of sawmill workers there. The forest company Tolko has announced it will not be re-opening its Creekside sawmill. Mike Harkeys is a vice president with Tolko, and he speaks with host Shelley Joyce at the company’s head office in Vernon.

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Drawings guide mill’s redevelopment

Sault Star
November 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Blueprints for the Clergue blockhouse weren’t the only plans to turn up at the former St. Marys Paper site. Riversedge Development also found drawings for six buildings it plans to keep on the old papermaking site and call Mill Square. Plans for the front office, machine shop, pulp towers, stores building, train shed and board mill were found six to eight weeks ago in the machine shop’s engineering department. The plans, on blue paper with white lines, “are all excellently preserved,” said Riversedge CEO Justus Veldman in a telephone interview from Toronto.

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Louisiana-Pacific Corp. considering restart of shuttered Clarke County mill

AL.com
November 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

CLARKE COUNTY, Alabama -– The long-idle Louisiana-Pacific Corp. mill in Clarke County could be humming again as early as the second quarter of 2013, but it was not immediately clear how many of the former 130 positions could be filled should the shuttered plant restart. “On our last call, I said that we would consider starting one of our curtailed (oriented strand board) mill if we saw housing starts approach 850,000. Well, it came quicker than we thought with last month’s reported annualized housing start rate at 872,000 and permits at nearly 900,000,” Curtis Stevens, Louisiana-Pacific’s chief executive officer, said during a recent investor call.

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Finnish forest industry in January-September 2012: Operating environment challenging

Papernet
November 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

“ The competitive ability of the Finnish forest industry is being tested to the extremes by market conditions and the constant rise in costs. Finland must retain a stronger competitive position than our rival countries, as this is the only way to ensure that forest industry operations remain viable in our country, ” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation. Finland produced 5.1 million tonnes of pulp in January-September, roughly the same amount as in the corresponding period of 2011. Pulp exports were up 16% to 1.9 million tonnes from the previous year.

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DTM Timber’s Tiaro mill voted best sawmilling outfit in Qld

Fraser Coast Chronicle
November 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

DTM Timber’s Tiaro mill has beaten the best in the industry to be named Queensland’s best sawmilling operation. Tiaro site manager Nigel Martin believed it was the versatility of the mill that clinched them the win at the Queensland Timber Industry Awards earlier this month. He said the mill had been nominated by someone outside of the company. Judges took a tour of each site to whittle down the list of nominees to three finalists.

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Forestry

Skills training supports forestry sector in B.C.

Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour
BC Government
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA
– In 2011, the B.C. forest sector employed more than 53,000 workers. In
addition to new jobs, as many as 25,000 job openings are expected across the
sector over the next decade as existing workers retire. Technological
advancements in the industry also mean that the skills and educational
requirements of workers are increasing.

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More Dollars For Forestry Training

250 News
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

An agreement between the Province and the Central Interior Logging Association will see another $497, 296 dollars pumped into the FIRST ( Forest Industry Readiness Skills Training) program. The pilot project has already graduated its first 22 students who took programs on log truck driving, and heavy equipment operating, skills which the forestry industry says are in high demand. … The pilot project was first launched about 6 months ago after the the CILA approached the Province about finding a way to address the skilled labour needs of the forestry industry

Click here for press release from BC Government

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Cancer diagnosis

TB Newswatch
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Minister of Natural Resources Michael Gravelle says he plans to continue his role despite being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Gravelle, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues at his Thunder Bay-Superior North constituency office, announced Monday he’s set to begin chemotherapy treatments for lymphoma, a potentially deadly form of cancer.

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Forester says Nebraska’s supply of local Christmas trees not affected by year’s drought

Associated Press
November 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

LINCOLN, Neb. — A forester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says the state’s supply of locally-grown Christmas trees should not be affected by this year’s drought. Dennis Adams of the Nebraska Forest Service said in a statement Monday that an estimated 25,000 Nebraska-grown trees will be available this year.

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Union welcomes logging law

ABC News, Australia
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Union representing the forestry sector has welcomed new legislation aimed at protecting the timber industry. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union says the move will help safeguard the New South Wales south east’s timber industry. The law means importers will now have to comply with more stringent requirements and also establishes enforcement powers and penalties.

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Forest peace: clock ticking on deal

Tasmania Examiner
November 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

LESS than 48 hours remain for a forest peace deal to be struck and locked into legislation by State Parliament this year.   The state government remains hopeful of an 11th-hour deal before Parliament rises tomorrow, which would allow it to debate legislation that awaits crucial details _ and abide by the $276 million agreement it signed with the Commonwealth.

Still a chance for forestry peace from ABC News, Australia

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