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Business & Politics

Western Forest Products reported Q3 2014 revenue increased to $262.1 million

Lesprom Network
November 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Western Forest Products Inc. reported adjusted EBITDA of $20.0 million in the third quarter of 2014, its second best third quarter in company history. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $7.6 million in comparison to the same period in 2013 due to challenging markets in Japan and China and operational curtailments due to an extended fire season. Revenue grew to $262.1 million in the third quarter of 2014, an improvement of $22.7 million over the same period last year. Increased log shipments, an improved lumber sales mix and pricing, and the benefit of a weaker Canadian dollar contributed to these results.

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Drive here to understand, premier urged

Letter to the editor: addressed to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Chronicle-Journal
November 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

As a resident of Rainy River District I am very disappointed in your conduct during the time representatives from this district were at Queen’s Park… You are allowing a single member of provincial parliament to abuse his power. As Natural Resources and Forestry Minister, Bill Mauro has made a decision that benefits a corporation with business interest in his riding, while another community outside of his riding is effectively destroyed… Because Resolute has little reason to maintain the forest in a sustainable manner, degradation is already happening.

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‘Don’t waste opportunity,’ says Unifor to Wynne

Fort Frances Times
November 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor is calling on the Wynne government to ensure an opportunity to expand and strengthen Ontario’s recovering forestry sector is not lost. “We are frustrated that plans to save a closed pulp mill in Fort Frances currently owned by Resolute Forestry are needlessly floundering,” said Unifor national president Jerry Dias. Recently, Expera Specialty Solutions, a Wisconsin-based paper company, announced that its exploration of an opportunity to purchase the now closed Fort Frances mill had ended and that it was unable to reach a deal. The acquisition would have resulted in 200 jobs at the facility and another 800 related jobs.

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Unifor frustrated by floundering plans to save Fort Frances mill

Organizers want the provincial government to take action to help re-open the paper mill
CBC News
November 15, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Unifor is calling on the province to take action to save the now idle pulp mill in Fort Frances. The union says there are a number of things the province could be doing to help the forest industry recover to save jobs. But they also have an immediate request. “Our No.1 hope is that the province will agree to pay for the heating of the mill through the winter so the assets are protected,” Unifor’s Scott Dougherty said. The government’s continued failure to take action is putting the future of Ontario’s recovering forestry sector in jeopardy.

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Governments of Canada and New Brunswick Invest in Arbec Forest Products Inc. in Miramichi

November 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Arbec Forest Products Inc. will improve its Miramichi plant, thanks to investments by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick… The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is investing $265,500, while the Province of New Brunswick is investing $100,000, and Arbec Forest Products Inc. is contributing $165,500 toward this initiative. Funding will allow Arbec to purchase an automated bundle wrapper and undertake improvements to the surface area around the rail lines to allow for more efficient product loading.

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Fortress Paper Ltd. reported a Q3 2014 EBITDA loss of $1.5 million

Lesprom Network
November 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Fortress Paper Ltd. reported a Q3 2014 EBITDA loss of $1.5 million. Excluding Fortress Optical Features operations which were sold during the quarter, EBITDA loss for the Company was $1.0 million. The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated EBITDA loss of $1.2 million and the Security Paper Products Segment generated EBITDA of $1.1 million. Corporate costs contributed $1.4 million to EBITDA loss.

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Global Market for North American Residential Flooring Forecast to Reach $16.1 Billion by 2018

Broadwayworld.com
November 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Residential Flooring: North American Markets, the North American residential flooring market is expected to reach 14.8 billion in volume of squares and more than $16.1 billion in dollar amount in 2018, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% in volume of squares and 5.3% in dollar amount for the period of 2013 to 2018. Despite the continued increase in the cost of raw materials, demand continues for increasingly popular hardwood flooring products, even though they are higher priced than more economically priced laminate wood flooring. 

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US plywood imports from China fall in August

IHB The Timber Network
November 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

US imports of hardwood plywood fell by 11% in August to 236,507 cu.m. Year-to-date imports were only slightly higher (+5%) than in August last year. The main decline was in imports from China and Canada. The US imported 134,320 cu.m. of hardwood plywood from China in August, down 22% from July. However, imports from China remain higher than last year and during the antidumping investigation. Russian shipments of hardwood plywood grew by 17% in August to 27,021 cu.m. Year-to-date imports from Russia were 25% higher compared to the same time last year.

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Weyerhaeuser Announces Leadership Changes for Cellulose Fibers, Wood Products

PR Newswire
November 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

FEDERAL WAY — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced the appointments of Cathy Slater as senior vice president, Cellulose Fibers, and Adrian Blocker as senior vice president, Wood Products. Both changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015. Slater, who currently leads the company’s Engineered Products and Distribution businesses and also has extensive experience in the Cellulose Fibers business, will succeed Shaker Chandrasekaran, who will retire early next year. Blocker will expand his current leadership of the company’s Lumber business to include OSB, Engineered Lumber Products and Distribution.

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Universal Forest Products Acquires Bigs Packaging and Lumber

Woodworking Network
November 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Wood and packaging solutions manufacturer Bigs Packaging and Lumber LLC has been acquired by UFP Western Division, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. Financial details of the Nov. 13 deal were not released. Founded in 2011 and based in Dallas, TX, Bigs had sales of approximately $50 million in the past year. According to a statement by Universal, Bigs President Bryan Bigham will retain his role with the company. 

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Sappi North America Drives Sustainability and Growth With Natural Gas

PennEnergy.com
November 16, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: US East, United States

SKOWHEGAN, ME– Sappi North America’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan is now running on natural gas and the paper mill is already seeing economic and environmental benefits. Recently, Summit Natural Gas of Maine completed the final installation of equipment to allow the Somerset Mill to run using natural gas at full capacity. Representatives from the Somerset Mill project a savings of more than 30 percent by switching to natural gas, in addition to the environmental benefits that include cleaner air and fewer emissions. Sappi North America’s Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine is now running on natural gas and the paper mill is already seeing economic and environmental benefits.

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Sateri to focus on wood pulp business

Pulp and Paper News
November 17, 2014
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

In a bid to focus on wood pulp business, Sateri Holdings has entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Pacific Viscose Limited to sell the former’s viscose staple fibre business. The value of transaction is estimated to reach more than EUR 690 million. After the transaction is complete, Sateri will focus on further strengthening its dissolving wood pulp business, especially in the specialty grade segment. 

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Interest in green building growing

Plastics News
November 14, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

…62 percent of respondents to a biennial surveysay they are extremely likely or very likely to seek LEED approval if they undertake a construction project That’s up from 48 percent the last time Turner Construction Co. asked about LEED certification for its Green Building Market Barometer in 2012. What a difference two years makes. In that time period the percentage of business executives likely to seek green certification under an alternate rating system also grew — more than doubling from 17 percent to 43 percent. Their other options include Green Globes and Energy Star programs. Jerry Yudelson, president of the Green Building Initiative, which administers Green Globes, is pleased with the gain in the number of survey respondents willing to look at other choices to LEED, which has become the most widely used green building program in the world since its launch in 2000.

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Reach to the sky — with wooden skyscrapers

USA Today
November 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a skyscraper that’s made of … wood. In a head-spinning step, a handful of researchers from Cambridge, England, are experimenting with one of man’s oldest building materials — the kind from trees — instead of steel as the primary structure for buildings. Already, there is one timber apartment building with nine stories in London, a 10-story structure in Melbourne and a 14-story building in Norway. But all that is dwarfed by talk of a wooden building that someday could reach 70 stories into the sky. Architectural engineers behind the idea, which has recently been gaining momentum, say they are looking for cheaper and more environmentally friendly materials to use than steel and concrete.

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Creating Disaster-resilient Homes

SurfKY
November 15, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

A home today must be more than just aesthetically pleasing. The costs of fuel consumption and extreme-storm damage, plus costs in the way of carbon footprints, are making all of us insist on far more property benefits, including superior durability and resilience from pending disasters. “In that case, open the door to a home built with concrete reinforced walls, instead of wood, and see how you will receive greater safety, comfort, investment value, and energy efficiency,” says Todd Blyth at Nudura, a leading name in building technology. “Concrete is a major solution for weather extremes, and for more than a decade now, the building system using ICFs (insulated concrete forms) has proven to deliver the most durable building frame.”

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New technology transforms wood waste into high-value hardwood

ABC News Australia
November 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Sawmills will soon be able to turn wood waste into high-value hardwood products, helping them increase profits at a difficult time. Company 3RT has partnered with Flinders University to develop a machine that cuts wood offcuts or softwood into strips, sticks them together, and presses them into blocks. The aim is to increase hardwood supply sustainably, and create market opportunities for mills, that have been struggling with loss of access to native forests, labour shortages, and competition with cheaper imports.

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How Scottish business sees the wood for the trees

BBC News
November 16, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

BBC Radio Scotland’s Business Scotland programme has been talking all things wood with companies involved in sawmills, forestry management and harvesting, but also to those who make things which showcase the beauty of wood. It has more than 5,000 uses including paper, pencils, construction materials and clothing so it is little wonder that Scotland’s forest and timber industries are big business… Growing the trees, of course, is only part of the forestry and timber equation. The logs themselves have to be processed and then made into different products.

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Clifford Jones Timber reaches new heights

Timber Trade Journal
November 17, 2014
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Clifford Jones Timber has expanded the market for its laminated home-grown timber in treehouses for the rich and famous. Treehouse designer Paul Cameron, whose clients include Elton John and Gary Barlow, has been using the products in his projects for the past 12 months. …”Our laminated timber is perfect for Paul because it is much stronger than ordinary timber and has a smooth finish but still has the attractiveness of wood,” said chairman Alan Jones. …”These treehouses will still be standing and doing their job in 30 years time and will still look good and they are part of a sustainable and eco-friendly process.” Treehouse Life structures cost between £20,000-30,000.

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Forestry

Opposition to road remains

Vernon Morning Star
November 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Cherryville residents appear to remain united in opposition to a proposed logging road. About 70 people attended a meeting Thursday about B.C. Timber Sales’ plans for a road and logging on Cherry Ridge. “Representatives from BCTS weren’t there to explain things to people,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville’s electoral area director. BCTS officials have insisted that proper soil and hydrological assessments have been done and there is no risk of a slide impacting residents in the valley bottom. However, many residents aren’t convinced a thorough review has been done and a slide could place residents and community facilities at risk.

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Study looks at tree harvesting as a means to stem beetle spread

Phys.Org
November 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

Climate change has been linked to the recent surge in natural disturbances, such as storms, wildfires, and insect outbreaks. That’s led scientists to look at preemptive measures to mitigate the damage. In some cases, that could mean cutting down trees to save our forests—eliminating “hot spots” to stave off further insect infestation. A new study led by Charles Sims, an assistant professor of economics and a faculty fellow at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, looks at the outbreak of the mountain pine beetle and how targeted timber harvesting can curb the insect’s spread. 

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Landscape-scale conservation gains ground

The Nature Conservancy just announced its largest Washington land purchase to date.
High Country News
November 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

…“We expect the frequency and intensity of fires to only increase, and we’ve seen such a tremendous shift in our fire regime in Washington, that we know we need to be motivated to find solutions,” says James Schroeder, the organization’s conservation director in eastern Washington. Part of that solution coalesced late last month when the Conservancy announced its $134 million deal to buy 47,921 of Plum Creek Timber Company land in Washington’s Yakima River headwaters — an area the size of Tacoma — plus 117,152 acres in Western Montana’s Lower Blackfoot River Watershed. The purchase unites entire watersheds that have been under fractured ownership for generations. Having a cohesive plan for those lands will make it easier to do forest thinning or prescribed burns on a scale that could stave off catastrophic wildfires, for example.

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Mountain Pine Beetle Moving towards MN

KSTP
November 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

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Congress must act on Oregon timber, water pacts

Statesman Journal
November 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

In the next few weeks, Congress has a bipartisan opportunity to make Oregon a national model for ending age-old disputes over natural resources. This is a rare, almost unprecedented, opportunity to gain long-term economic and environmental certainty for the Klamath Basin and much of Western Oregon. Oregon’s congressional delegation must work together to ensure the legislation passes. If the current Congress approves the legislation:… Timber harvests could more than double on the so-called O&C lands in Western Oregon, 87,000 acres of new wilderness and 252 miles of new wild and scenic rivers would be protected, and additional stands of trees over 85 years old would be preserved.

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Chances are good for legislation to open forest logging

November 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

There’s no shortage of talk about how Northeastern Oregon’s forests are ailing, and how the remedy requires an increase in logging. We believe there is reason to be cautiously optimistic that this will happen. One is that Republicans have gained control of the U.S. Senate in last week’s elections. That would greatly increase the odds that Rep. Greg Walden’s forest bill, House Bill 1526, will advance from its current Capitol Hill purgatory. Walden’s bill is designed to make it easier for the Forest Service to thin overcrowded forests and do other restoration work that reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfires and creates jobs. 

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Forest Service, environmentalists at odds over timber plans

Watauga Democrat
November 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Environmentalists last week said proposed revisions to the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forest Plan include a “massive logging program,” but the U.S. Forest Service says the current level of timber production would not significantly change under the proposed plan revisions. USFS is currently amid a multi-year process to revise the Forest Plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala forests, which was last amended in 1994. The USFS recently released draft proposals for the plan, with a complete draft to be completed for public review in 2015 and adoption slated for 2016.

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Draft forest plan adds 700,000 acres to ‘timber base’

Conservation groups sound alarms; Forest Service says cutting would be limited
Blueridgenow.com
November 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

Conservation groups are raising the alarm after the U.S. Forest Service unveiled a draft proposal to designate nearly 700,000 acres of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as suitable for logging in its new management plan for the next 15-plus years. Environmental leaders say the proposed “suitable timber base” puts logging ahead of restoration and recreation, while undermining the collaborative process now underway by including contentious areas such as Bluff Mountain, Big Ivy and South Mills River in zones that could be cut.

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Greenpeace investigation prompts Belgian authorities to seize timber shipment

Mongabay
November 16, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Authorities in Belgium seized two containers of Brazilian timber in Antwerp following a demonstration by Greenpeace, which alleged that the Ipe timber had been cut illegally and therefore violated the EU’s trade laws. According to Greenpeace, the shipment was in transit to two European trading companies, Lemahieu and Omniplex, which had sourced the wood from a Brazilian sawmill called Rainbow Trading. Rainbow Trading was at the center of a sting operation conducted earlier this year by the activist group. That investigation found that Rainbow Trading was buying timber that had been illegally logged in the Brazilian state of Par´. 

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Interpol launches most-wanted list of environmental fugitives

November 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Suspects wanted for crimes including poaching rhino, trafficking ivory and illegally chopping down forests feature on the first ever Most Wanted-style appeal to catch environmental criminals. Interpol’s public appeal hopes to catch nine fugitives suspected of environmental crimes costing hundreds of millions of dollars, in a move to catapult the issue to the forefront of international law enforcement… “If we talk about illegal logging, we have many pending cases,” he said. “We also have many serious biodiversity cases. The problem is very big, I can feel it.

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Interpol launches most-wanted list of environmental fugitives

November 17, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Suspects wanted for crimes including poaching rhino, trafficking ivory and illegally chopping down forests feature on the first ever Most Wanted-style appeal to catch environmental criminals. Interpol’s public appeal hopes to catch nine fugitives suspected of environmental crimes costing hundreds of millions of dollars, in a move to catapult the issue to the forefront of international law enforcement… “If we talk about illegal logging, we have many pending cases,” he said. “We also have many serious biodiversity cases. The problem is very big, I can feel it.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Climate Change May Fuel More Lightning, Wildfires

Boise Weekly
November 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Rising global temperatures may cause a big jolt in the number of lightning strikes in the United States over the rest of the 21st century in the latest example of extreme weather spawned by climate change, scientists say. Researchers forecast on Thursday that lightning strikes will increase by about 50 percent by 2100 in the continental United States because thunderstorms will become more explosive in the coming decades thanks to a warming planet. This increase could lead to more wildfires because lightning already triggers half of these blazes in the United States, the researchers said.

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Plants still offer best way to remove CO2 from atmosphere, says UAF scientist

Alaska Dispatch News
November 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

I recently wrote about a thought experiment proposed by Fairbanks scientist Jim Beget. He suggests raining down crystals of a compound that captures carbon dioxide onto a frigid plateau in Antarctica. There, the greenhouse gas might remain locked for a few hundred thousand years… Dan Mann will also attend that meeting. Though the UAF geographer’s presentation in San Francisco has nothing to do with carbon dioxide, he, too, has an idea how to remove some from the blanket of gases that surround our planet.Mann suggests enhancing a carbon-dioxide removal system that has worked for a few billion years — the silent breath of plants. 

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Push to close Australia’s native timber industry to ‘save’ forest carbon based on flawed science

Online Opinion
November 16, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

In a media release last week, the Australian National University (ANU) announced that “in partnership with information and communication technologists at Fujitsu Laboratories in Japan”, its researchers had found that “protecting native forests by ending logging could double the amount of carbon stored in trees”, and that “avoiding emissions from logging native forests is important to help fight climate change”… A misconception that only 40% of the merchantable biomass of a clear-felled mountain ash forest in Victoria’s Central Highlands is removed off-site (as usable logs).

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Biomass lesson: look north of the border

Spalding Today
November 17, 2014
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Markinch, Scotland — Protesters want South Holland’s planners to study hazards posed by the UK’s biggest biomass power plant – before it’s too late to stop a similar one being built at Sutton Bridge. People living near the 65MW plant in Markinch, Scotland, are complaining about excessive noise, light pollution and emissions from the 65MW incinerator. Residents also claim they are being choked by clouds of wood dust and have created a website with environmental organisation Biofuelwatch to share experiences.

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General

More grizzlies eating moths in region south of Yellowstone

November 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

More grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in search of army cutworm moths in the southeastern portion of the more than 9,210-square-mile Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. …Concern about what grizzly bears eat is high because once-plentiful natural sources of protein — like cutthroat trout and whitebark pine nuts — have declined. …One study of Glacier National Park grizzlies estimated that a bear could consume up to 40,000 moths a day, equal to an amazing 20,000 calories. So although small — with a wingspan of only 1.5 to 2 inches — the light gray moths pack a huge caloric punch.

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Chances are good for legislation to open forest logging

November 17, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

There’s no shortage of talk about how Northeastern Oregon’s forests are ailing, and how the remedy requires an increase in logging. We believe there is reason to be cautiously optimistic that this will happen. One is that Republicans have gained control of the U.S. Senate in last week’s elections. That would greatly increase the odds that Rep. Greg Walden’s forest bill, House Bill 1526, will advance from its current Capitol Hill purgatory. Walden’s bill is designed to make it easier for the Forest Service to thin overcrowded forests and do other restoration work that reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfires and creates jobs. 

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Governments of Canada and New Brunswick Invest in Arbec Forest Products Inc. in Miramichi

November 17, 2014
Category: Uncategorised

Arbec Forest Products Inc. will improve its Miramichi plant, thanks to investments by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick… The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is investing $265,500, while the Province of New Brunswick is investing $100,000, and Arbec Forest Products Inc. is contributing $165,500 toward this initiative. Funding will allow Arbec to purchase an automated bundle wrapper and undertake improvements to the surface area around the rail lines to allow for more efficient product loading.

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