Canfor mill in Chetwynd officially gets green-light

It’s going to be a good new year for some sawmill workers in Chetwynd.

Canfor Corporation announced on Wednesday that it will be restarting operations at its Chetwynd sawmill in the spring of 2010.

Earlier this year, negotiations began with the United Steelworkers (the union representing Canfor workers) and Canfor.

Just recently, workers voted 73 per cent in favour of a new cost structure. This means employees voted to have a wage reduction until the economy recovers, and that there will be a profit-sharing component in place when markets improve.

It was left for the Board’s decision, and on Monday, the Company announced it will approve a capital expenditure of $16 million.

The mill will return to operation with a single shift this spring in a phased-in start-up.

The initial restart of the first shift in Chetwynd will directly employ approximately 70 people. When the mill is in full operation, it’s expected to employ more than 100 people.

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