News Release - May 3, 1999
MACKINNON VISITS SAWMILL EXPANSION IN GLASLYN
An important component of Saskatchewan's forest development plan was
launched today. Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice
MacKinnon today welcomed the announcement of a $2 million investment
that will create 120 direct and indirect jobs. L & M Wood Products
announced their plans to expand and improve their existing sawmill and
wood treatment facility in Glaslyn.
"This expansion is an exciting example of how we will be doing more
manufacturing in Saskatchewan by applying technology and innovation to
create marketable products," MacKinnon said. "We are making better
and smarter use of our forestry resource so that we can create
thousands of new jobs and opportunities while still preserving our
The expanded sawmill and wood treatment facility will manufacture a
diverse line of wood products, including pressure-treated lumber and
fence posts, corral rails, guard rail posts and mine timbers. As
well, the company will be selling waste wood chips to other mills to
be used for value-added processing, which will reduce future demand on
standing timber. The upgrade of the facility will also improve
environmental management of the site.
"We are pleased to announce the opening of our new wood treatment
plant," Pat Delainey, president of L & M Wood Products said.
"The increase in wood supply will have a positive effect on
employment opportunities in the Glaslyn area."
An important component of the forest development plan is that
environmental sustainability will be the foundation for growth in
the forestry sector. The new Forest Resources Management Act and
regulations which came into effect on April 1, 1999 will ensure
that activities in the forest are sustainable over the long term
and that the health of the ecosystem is protected.
The upgrade of the sawmill and wood treatment facility is part of
an expansion of the forest industry in Saskatchewan that will
result in the creation of as many as 10,000 direct and indirect
jobs over the next three years. Additional jobs are expected in
manufacturing, agri-forestry and research and development over
the next 10 years. There will also be more than $850 million
dollars of private sector investment in forestry.
"This project is an expression of confidence in Saskatchewan's
economy by communities and industry," MacKinnon said. "It
reflects our commitment to a full-participation society where all
people can share in the benefits of our economic success."
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For more information contact:
Economic & Co-operative Development
Phone: (306) 787-1691