News Release - May 12, 1999
NEW FORESTRY PARTNERSHIP IN GREEN LAKE
An important component of Saskatchewan's forest development plan was
launched today at a community event in Green Lake. Stillwater Forest
Products of Kalispell, Montana and Green Lake Metis Wood Products
announced their plans to build a new finger jointer facility in the
community. Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice
MacKinnon and Northern Affairs Minister Keith Goulet welcomed the
announcement of a $5 million investment that will create 120 direct
and indirect jobs.
"This project is another example of how northern communities are
directly participating in the expansion of Saskatchewan's forest
industry," Goulet said. "Green Lake Metis Wood Products is building
on the company's past success and contributing to the development of
our northern economy."
MacKinnon said, "This partnership is an exciting example of how we
will be doing more manufacturing in Saskatchewan by applying
technology and innovation to create marketable products. 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 precious forests."
The new finger jointer facility will glue pieces of low-grade lumber
together, creating a finished product that is more stable and less
likely to twist than traditional solid-sawn wood. The finger-jointed
wood will be used for wall studs, roof trusses and floor joists.
"We are glad to be given a chance to control an important piece
of our resources and we hope to continue the team work," Mayor
Fred McCallum of Green Lake said. "This is one pathway for our
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 partnership 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 of private sector investment in
"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 and Co-operative Development
Phone: (306) 787-1691
Office of Northern Affairs
Phone: (306) 425-4216