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Unifor has reached a long-term contract with Kenora Forests Products to restart sawmill operations by the beginning of 2015.
The new deal will result in millions of dollars in capital investment to modernize the mill and to install an additional saw line for expanded lumber production, according to the union.
Kenora Forest Products has been shuttered since April 2008 when the crash of the U.S. housing market caused its Manitoba parent company, Prendiville Industries, to close the operation and lay off 105 employees.
Stephen Boon, Unifor national representative said, “a large amount of time and energy went into negotiating this deal and now the only remaining hurdle to resume sawmill operations in Kenora is final Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) approval of the mill’s wood supply. Kenora supported two sawmills and a large pulp and paper mill prior to 2005, so we are confident the MNR will have little trouble ensuring Kenora Forest Products secures the necessary wood supply crucial for restoring operations at one of the city’s three closed mills.”
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