The AV Terrace Bay mill is moving ahead with capital improvement projects and actively recruiting more employees, a local newspaper reports.
A story in the Fort Frances Times said the company is looking for millwrights, engineers, electricians, pipefitters, welders, managers, and other skilled workers to work at the pulp mill and on related projects.
The mill is currently producing kraft pulp, but the owner, Aditya Birla Group, has plans to convert the mill to dissolving pulp production.
Gino Leblanc, who has been with the Terrace Bay mill for 33 years and also is a township councillor there, told the Times various capital projects are in the works.
“We just finished our $5-million mud filter project for the recaust department,” he said. Also in the plans is a mill-wide DCS control system, and an upgrade to the chip and wood-handling system.
“Dissolving pulp will require 30% more fibre for that same ton of pulp, so we need to be able to handle more fibre coming in,” Leblanc told the Fort Frances paper.
Aditya Birla Group is building a textiles plant in Turkey and most of the dissolving pulp from AV Terrace Bay likely will go there, noted Leblanc.