ST. LEONARD, NB, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ - J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI)
announced today that it will invest $16.8 million in northern New
Brunswick, creating 45 new jobs and 9 construction-related jobs. The
investments are being made in the forests JDI owns in NB as well as in
upgrades to its sawmills in St. Leonard and Kedgwick.
As a result of the new Crown forest policy, JDI is making a $6M
investment in new forestry equipment from A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd in
Balmoral, located in Restigouche County. This is in addition to a
$16.5M equipment purchase made by JDI in December 2013. The order from
JDI, $22.5M in total, will create 10 new jobs at A.L.P.A. Equipment
"We have cared for the Black Brook Woodlands near St. Leonard for over
70 years. From these company-owned lands, we have pioneered tree
planting as well as GPS and GIS technology and undertaken many forest
research projects. These internationally certified forests are both a
living research centre and an important contributor to the wood supply
that sustains jobs throughout the province," said Jim Irving, Co-Chief
Executive Officer of J.D. Irving, Limited. "The sawmills at Kedgwick
and St. Leonard are vital to local employment and healthy rural
economies and we are committed to sustaining and growing them. The
Province's results-based forestry initiative provides the sustainable
wood supply to invest and grow jobs. We appreciate this vote of
confidence in the skill and passion of our mill employees, forestry
professionals, harvesters, truckers, silviculture workers, and great
suppliers like A.L.P.A. Equipment."
"New Brunswick's forestry sector was built by strong partners, and J.D.
Irving, Limited's projects in St. Leonard and Kedgwick demonstrate that
the future of our province's biggest economic sector is as bright as
its past," said Premier David Alward. "I want to congratulate J.D.
Irving, Limited for the confidence it is placing in New Brunswick's
greatest resource, its people. These projects will put boots in the
woods and in our mills in every region of our province."
Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said the investments being
made in St. Leonard is another testament to how the new forestry
strategy is working. "The strategy is allowing companies like JDI to
support communities like St. Leonard, which rely on these industries. A
stronger and more competitive forest sector is good news for every New
Brunswicker as it is critical to our economic future," Robichaud said.
"This is great news for our community," said Carmel St. Amand, Mayor of
St. Leonard. "J.D. Irving, Limited has been a dedicated investor in
the people, community, forests and mills in northern New Brunswick.
These new investments will not only grow short-term construction jobs,
but also sustain good paying jobs at the sawmill which has been part of
St. Leonard for over 25 years."
Irving's forestry and mill operations account for over 640 jobs (direct
and indirect) in St. Leonard, generating a payroll of over $38
million/year. In addition, there are over 300 local businesses in
Madawaska and Victoria Counties that supply JDI's forest products
"Every job matters in Kedgwick and the sawmill and forests that surround
us are vital to our community," said Jean Paul Savoie, Mayor of
Kedgwick. "Renewable forests and an ongoing investment in the
competitiveness of the Kedgwick sawmill strengthens the future for over
350 direct and indirect employees as well as over 65 businesses in
Restigouche County that depend on these operations. Irving has
continued to invest since acquiring the mill in 2004, and today's news
affirms their commitment to the community of Kedgwick."
"Irving Woodlands has been a longstanding customer of our company for 38
years," said Serge Landry, Vice President and General Manager of
AL.P.A. Equipment Ltd and A Landry Fabrication. "As a business that
is headquartered in rural New Brunswick, this contract is great news.
A healthy forest products sector impacts more than just the mills - it
includes suppliers like us. This is the largest single contract in our
history and will result in 10 new jobs."
"When times got tough and companies like Bowater and UPM left the
province to start new mills in China and Brazil, Irving stuck with New
Brunswick," Landry continued. "Irving invested and kept jobs here at
home. As a rural business that depends on the forest sector and good
customers like Irving, we are happy to see the Province's commitment to
growing the wood supply to secure today's jobs and create more," Landry
APRIL 2014: $16.8 Million Total Investment
St. Leonard Sawmill: $2.5 Million investment in a new chip screen and
chip conveyor system
Kedgwick Sawmill: $1.0 Million investment in a dry kiln modernization
$7.3 Million increased annual investment in silviculture and tree
planting on JDI freehold in New Brunswick
$6 Million invested in 11 new harvesting machines from A.L.P.A.
Equipment Ltd of Balmoral, NB
7 NEW permanent direct sawmill jobs
15 NEW woodlands jobs
10 NEW jobs at A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd
23 NEW indirect jobs
9 NEW direct and indirect construction jobs
SEPTEMBER 2012 to FEBRUARY 2014: $13.8 Million Total Investment
St. Leonard Sawmill: new dry kiln and site improvements
Veneer Sawmill: new scanning technology
Kedgwick Sawmill: new hot pond
Forestry equipment investments (16 new machines from A.L.P.A. Equipment
Ltd of Balmoral, NB)
Workforce development & training (44 harvesters and truckers)
Additional private land silviculture investments
About A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd
A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd. is Atlantic Canada's and Gaspé Peninsula's
premier heavy construction and forestry equipment dealer. Headquartered
in Balmoral, New Brunswick, the company is the region's largest and has
locations in Fredericton, Edmundston, and Truro. Employing a team of 100 and with over 35 years' experience, A.L.P.A Equipment Ltd. has the
services and equipment needed for building new roads, harvesting trees,
or handling and moving material. A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd. is your
partner in profitability and efficiency. Our trained service
technicians are able to offer you piece of mind with total maintenance
A Landry Fabrication (a division of A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd) is a custom
fabricator of equipment for the forest industry, but it mainly
manufactures the LANDRICH, the first purpose track harvester built in
New Brunswick for New Brunswick loggers. Companies like Irving,
Fornebu, Groupe Savoie, AV Cell, and AV Nackawick have one or more of
the 22 machines produced so far in Balmoral, NB. Most recently the
company has grown new markets in Nova Scotia and Quebec.
ABOUT JDI in Northern New Brunswick
J.D. Irving, Limited first began caring for forests in northern New
Brunswick during World War II. The forests of northern New Brunswick
were a vital source of strong birch veneer used in the production of
war planes. Later the forest holdings in northern NB would grow to
supply sawmills and the pulp mill in Saint John.
For almost 70 years the Black Brook Woodlands near St. Leonard have
sustained jobs, habitat, and a living research laboratory that enables
study on a landscape level. Every year at least 11 post graduates are
investigating habitat and forest health questions. This land is also
part of JDI's voluntary conservation program that accounts for about
20% of the Black Brook Woodlands land area. It was on these woodlands
that the company's commitment to reforestation began in 1957. Today
over 250 million seedlings have been planted at Black Brook and over
900 million on all of the lands owned or managed by the Company - a
national record for a private company in Canada.
For the people of this region, these woodlands and mills in St. Leonard,
Kedgwick, Baker Brook, Veneer, and Clair sustain over 1600 jobs (direct
and indirect) and $80 million in employment income as well as about 400
suppliers in Madawaska, Victoria, Restigouche, and Gloucester Counties.
Image with caption: "Alain Oullette (JDI), Robert Pinette (JDI) Carmel St. Amand (Mayor of St. Leonard), Jean-Paul Savoie (Mayor of Kedgwick), Senator Percy Mockler, MLA Yvon Bonenfant, Minister Soucy, Premier Alward, Jim Irving, Minister Robichaud, MLA Martine Coulombe, Minister Dubé, Gaston Poitras (JDI), Blake Brunsdon (JDI) (CNW Group/J.D. Irving, Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140407_C8878_PHOTO_EN_38906.jpg
SOURCE: J.D. Irving, Limited
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