23.07.2015

Chetwynd mill re-opening brings 150 new jobs to the area

On Wednesday July 7, Paper Excellence officially re-opened Chetwynd,  a mill that has been closed since 2012.

The reopening of this Mill is predicted to bring almost 150 additional jobs to the South Peace region.

Paper Excellence, purchased the mill, which was formerly run by Tembec, last year

Deputy CEO Pedro Chang confirmed Paper Excellence  commitment to the Mill and said that the Company will make every effort ensure the mill was running as efficiently as possible, and spent the time since then purchasing and installing new equipment.

A soft-opening was held about a month ago, but as of Wednesday the plant is in full operation.

The move was attended and praised by Minister Theresa Wat, MLA Mike Bernier, local Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols, as well as representatives from Unifor, the union representing some of the mill workers.

“We’re proud to have been a part of a process to create good resource jobs,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “B.C.’s pulp industry has struggled because our export policy kills Canadian jobs, but hopefully this re-opening can lead a trend in the industry.”

“The government has placed all of its eggs in the basket of liquefied natural gas extraction,” he added.

“But in the pulp sector, this is just the tip of the iceberg if the BC government began to take resource jobs seriously.”

– See more at: http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/regional-news/chetwynd/chetwynd-mill-re-opening-brings-150-new-jobs-1.1995868#sthash.qILIfnC6.dpuf

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