By P&PC Staff
By P&PC Staff
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac) has joined the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA).
“We are excited to have Al-Pac join our association,” says Paul Whittaker, AFPA president and CEO, in a statement.
“Al-Pac is internationally recognized for their state-of-the-art manufacturing process and commitment to leading forest management practices. We look forward to working closely with them to drive Alberta’s forest industry forward.”
Al-Pac’s facility, in Athabasca County, is North America’s newest and largest single-line kraft pulp mill. The mill directly employs 400 people and supports more than 1,000 indirect jobs throughout Alberta.
Al-Pac has been recognized as one of the top employers in both Alberta and Canada. At 5.9 million hectares in land base, Al-Pac manages the largest contiguous third party–certified forest in the world, under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification (FSC C022642).
Each year, Al-Pac produces 620,000 air dried metric tonnes of kraft pulp.
Last year, Al-Pac produced enough renewable energy to power approximately 15,000 homes in addition to generating enough electricity to run the mill. To do this, they use forest biomass to create renewable energy and are one of the largest bioenergy producers in Alberta. Al-Pac is also the world’s only producer of wood-based bio-methanol, used in the energy and food additive sectors.
“We are very proud of our facility and people,” says Osamu (Sam) Terao, president and CEO of Al-Pac.
“We are also proud of Alberta’s forest industry. Customers around the world recognize the value of Alberta’s sustainably managed forests. We are pleased to join the AFPA and look forward to ensuring a strong future for forestry in Alberta.”
The AFPA is the voice of Alberta’s forest industry. Forestry creates 40,000 jobs in Alberta and adds $7 billion to the provincial economy.