Steelworkers greet news of purchase agreement for forest industry operations in Hudson Bay and Carrot River

    PRINCE ALBERT, SK, May 7 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers Local 1-184
president Paul Hallen says the union is very pleased to be informed that two
Weyerhaeuser forest industry operations in the province are being purchased.
    Quesnel, BC-based C&C Wood Products has signed an asset purchase
agreement with Weyerhaeuser Canada which would see it open the Carrot River
sawmill and Hudson Bay plywood plant in east central Saskatchewan. Some 300
USW members were employed when the mills were idled in January of 2007.
    "We regard this as very positive news for workers and their communities,"
says Hallen, who notes that there are further details to be finalized between
the provincial government's Ministry of Energy, Resources and Environment and
the parties.
    A final agreement would see the assignment of the Pasquia-Porcupine
Forest Management Agreement (FMA) to both companies.
    "We hope to see this new deal materialize soon and look forward to
building a good working relationship with the employer to ensure a safe and
efficient start-up of operations," adds Hallen.
    Hallen says the purchase agreement is a positive sign for the future of
forest-dependent communities in the province.
    "This is very welcome news to the communities of Hudson Bay and Carrot
River and outlying areas which have relied on the forest industry as the
backbone of their rural economies," says Hallen.
    The mills have utilized an integrated timber supply, which has also
supplied hardwoods to the Weyerhaeuser OSB 2000 plant in Hudson Bay.
    C&C, with a 32-year history, specializes in wood paneling and specialty
board products, as well as wood pellet production for domestic and foreign
    "The Hudson Bay plywood plant and Carrot River sawmill had skilled and
experienced employees who were very adaptive to new products and
technologies," says Hallen. "The start up of these mills can provide an
opportunity for laid off workers to re-enter the forest industry."

    The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing more than 280,000
men and women working in every sector of the economy.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Hallen, (306) 764-4202; (306) 961-0420

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