MONTRÉAL and VANCOUVER, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - EACOM Timber Corporation (TSXV: ETR) ("EACOM", or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Board has approved entering into an agreement with USNRKockums Cancar Inc.,("USNR") to rebuild the Timmins Mill. The total cost of the project is estimated at $25 million, a substantial portion of which is being funded from proceeds of insurance related to a fire. As reported in January of this year, the mill located in Timmins Ontario was destroyed by fire. To date the Company has received $23,700,000 of insurance proceeds, $13,700,000 related to business interruption and $10,000,000 for damage or destruction of assets.
Eacom has also completed its capital project on the sawline at the Elk Lake facility. The mill has been restarted and expected to operate at full production in January 2013.
"We are continuing our capital expenditure program designed to increase productivity and capacity at our mills to reduce manufacturing costs. The rebuild of Timmins has also been designed to provide for improved productivity. Lumber markets have improved and continue to contribute to the overall performance of the Company" commented Rick Doman, President and CEO of the Company.
EACOM Timber Corporation is a TSX-V listed company. 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, and operations in Val-d'Or and Matagami which had been temporarily shut down due to weak market conditions will be resuming in the third quarter. The mill in Timmins was seriously damaged by fire in January 2012 and remains shut down due to the fire. 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.
The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the content of this press release. All director and officer appointments are subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.
All statements in this news release that are not based on historical facts are "forward-looking statements". While management has based any forward-looking statements contained herein on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control and could cause actual results to materially differ from such statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not necessarily limited to, those set forth under "RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES" in the Company's current MD&A, and under "RISK FACTORS" in the Company's Filing Statement dated January 8, 2010.
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Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
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