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Conifex gets Fort St. James


August 29, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Conifex is officially the new owner of the former Pope & Talbot sawmill in Fort St. James. A report by Black Press…

Conifex is officially the new owner of the former Pope & Talbot sawmill in Fort St. James. A report by Black Press on August 26 confirmed that PriceWaterhouseCoopers transferred ownership to the company on August 22. The timber license was signed and approved on August 15.

Former mill owner Pope & Talbot laid off employees in October, and subsequently declared bankruptcy.

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Conifex is a newly formed forestry and sawmilling company, with its head office in Montreal. In June it acquired Domtar’s forest products division, including its sawmills and timber rights in Quebec and Ontario. At the time of the acquisition, chair of the company’s board of directors Ken Shields said that Conifex’s goal was to become a forestry and sawmilling leader in eastern Canada.

“This is a new company in town, a new opportunity and when it is operating at full capacity, it is our biggest employer in town,” Black Press reported mayor Rob MacDougall as saying. “It will help to put some of the unemployed workers to work and reduce some of the worries that the unemployed workers have, and the job opportunity program will still go on as it is still needed. We are very excited about this opportunity and about this company.”


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