Steelworkers welcome C&C Wood Products to Carrot River and Hudson Bay

PRINCE ALBERT, SK, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) local union that holds the trade union certifications for forest products operations in Hudson Bay and Carrot River, which have just been purchased by C&C Wood Products, greets the BC-based company's official arrival in Saskatchewan.

USW Local 1-184 president Paul Hallen says the takeover of the both former Weyerhaeuser operations - a sawmill in Carrot River and plywood mill in Hudson Bay - provides C&C Wood Products and the USW an excellent opportunity to work together in a co-operative way to achieve a safe and efficient start up of operations in a timely manner.

Hallen has congratulated the company on its purchase and looks forward to a positive working relationship. Over 300 USW Local 1-184 members were employed at the operations.

Kris Hayman, the company's vice-president of sales and marketing, has told the media that the company is excited to get into the operations to work with the people in the area to re-establish the mills.

Hallen says that C&C has access to a skilled and experienced workforce and a solid supply of softwood timber.

Weyerhaeuser and C&C will have access to the Pasquia-Porcupine Forest Management Agreement under a cooperative agreement. Weyerhaeuser will continue to use hardwoods for its OSB 2000 oriented strandboard operations in Hudson Bay, where the local union represents 100 workers.

"The appearance of C&C Wood Products is a welcomed development and a vote of confidence for the future of forest-dependent communities," says Hallen. "We extend our welcome to C&C and look forward to working with them."

The USW is Canada's largest industrial union with over 250,000 workers in all sectors of the economy.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

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

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