In anticipation of increased housing starts in North America in 2014, Vernon’s Tolko Industries is ramping up production at its Athabasca mill in the Slave Lake region of Alberta.
The Athabasca mill is a state-of-the-art facility with the longest continuous press in North America, capable of producing residential sheathing, value-added panels and specialty industrial panels, as well as laminated strand lumber in the future.
“With respected industry authorities forecasting construction of around 1.2 million housing starts in 2014, builder confidence is growing and opportunities are increasing,” said Brad Thorlakson, Tolko president.
“The reopening of this mill positions Tolko as a consistent, cost-competitive, stable source of supply to the market, underscoring the company’s commitment to producing, high-quality products.”
With the mill reopening, Tolko has created about 150 jobs in the community, a number of which were rehires, as well as indirect employment for contractors and suppliers. When the mill is fully operational, it will have created a further 150 jobs in the woodlands’ and trucking.