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February 1, 2002
By Pulp & Paper Canada

SOFTWOOD CHIPS: FIRE AT ALBERTA SAWMILL FORCES IT TO CLOSEGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB — A major fire at Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie sawmill has forced it to close for at least a few months, said Richard Tag…

SOFTWOOD CHIPS: FIRE AT ALBERTA SAWMILL FORCES IT TO CLOSE

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB — A major fire at Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie sawmill has forced it to close for at least a few months, said Richard Taggart, Weyerhaeuser vice-president of finance. “It will be down for some months while the structure is repaired,” he noted.

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He added that insurance will cover most of the loss (minus a $1-million deductible). The facility also produces 310 000 tonnes/year of bleached and semibleached kraft market pulp. But the sawmill closure will not likely affect pulp production at Grande Prairie, mainly because softwood chips are currently abundant throughout British Columbia.

RECYCLING: METRO WASTE PAPER BUYS 12 PLANTS

TORONTO, ON — Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc. has bought the assets of Paper Recovery Division of Norampac Inc. and ETL Recycling Services Inc. The assets consist of eight Norampac plants in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba, and four ETL plants in British Columbia — thus bringing the total number of plants that Metro operates to 16. The group’s 400 employees will process and market 950 000 tonnes of paper and other secondary material. As a result of the acquisition, Metro has created a western division, Metro Materials Recovery Inc., which will have its corporate offices in Surrey, BC.

MANAGEMENT: GL&V ON 50-BEST MANAGED LIST

MONTREAL, QC — Groupe Laperrire & Verrault has been designated as one of Canada’s 50-best managed companies by Andersen, the National Post, CIBC and the Queen’s School of Business. “This acknowledgment by the Canadian business community is a great honour for GL&V, which has evolved within a few years from a regional business to rank among the world leaders in its industry today,” said Laurent Verreault, president and chief executive officer.

FOREST CERTIFICATION: STORA ACHIEVES CDN & US STANDARDS

PORT HAWKESBURY, NS — Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury’s sustainable forest management system has been certified to both the Canadian and American standards — the first forestry operation in North America to have achieved this. The certification to the CSA and AF&PA standards covers more than 600 000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of crown land and 24 000 hectares (59 000 acres) of company-owned woodlands in northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. Russ Waycott, vice-president, woodlands, for the company said: “Our vision is that the forest resources, for which we have responsibility, will sustain healthy ecosystems and natural biodiversity, provide a continuous and expanding supply of valuable wood and conserve the forest characteristics of value to society, wildlife and the environment.”

– BRIEFLY

Paperboard Industries Corp.’s coated boxboard plant in Jonquire, QC, achieved a monthly production record last November with 11 380 saleable tons.

Bowater Inc. of Greenville, SC, has combined its Canadian operations — Bowater Pulp and Paper Canada Inc. and Bowater Canadian Forest Products Inc. — under the name of Bowater Canadian Forest Products Inc. The company says the amalgamation has been done for business and tax efficiencies.


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