MONTREAL and VANCOUVER, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - EACOM Timber
Corporation ("EACOM", or the "Company") is pleased to announce today
the reopening of the Ear Falls sawmill in the 2nd quarter of 2014.
Rick Doman, President and CEO of EACOM, wishes to thank Premier Kathleen
Wynne and Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti for their support
with this announcement.
"Ear Falls requires a long-term, secure and sustainable economic wood
supply, and the arrangements that have been confirmed by Minister
Orazietti are a significant step in this direction", stated Mr. Doman.
"We also wish to thank Unifor, the union at Ear Falls, and leaders Kim
Ginter - former CEP Ontario Vice-President, Stephen Boon - Unifor
National Representative, and George Smith - Unifor Local 324 President.
We also thank Mayor Kevin Kahoot and the Township of Ear Falls for
their strong support of our reopening", Mr. Doman added.
EACOM intends to commence timber harvesting and wood purchasing
operations in the first quarter of 2014 in order to build a saw log
inventory for the sawmill. Refurbishment and improvement of sawmill
equipment will commence this fall, as will the securing of key
management and operations staff.
"As softwood lumber markets continue to steadily improve, we look
forward to the resumption of sawmilling operations at Ear Falls, to the
benefit of our customers, employees, suppliers, the community and our
owners. Our goal is to create an efficient and profitable operation
capable of continuous production during both strong and weak markets,
bringing stability to our Company, our employees and the entire Ear
Falls region", Mr. Doman concluded.
The business activities of EACOM consist of the manufacturing, marketing
and distribution of lumber, wood chips and wood-based value-added
products, and the management of forest resources. EACOM owns eight
sawmills, all located in Eastern Canada, and related tenures. The mills
are Timmins, Nairn Centre, Gogama, Elk Lake and Ear Falls in Ontario,
and Val-d'Or, Ste-Marie and Matagami in Quebec. The mills in Ear Falls,
Ontario, and Ste-Marie, Quebec, are currently idled. EACOM also owns a
lumber remanufacturing facility in Val-d'Or, Quebec, and a 50% interest
in an "I" joist plant in Sault Ste-Marie, Ontario.
For further information:
Contacts for Media Relations:
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