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BC’s retirement bridging program helps over 1,000 forestry workers

The program has helped more than 1,000 workers retire early, providing $46 million in benefits and creating more than 500 jobs for younger workers. In the B.C. Interior, nearly 840 forestry workers have retired, with over $29 million paid out from the program so far.

U.S. facing pressure to lift softwood lumber duty

Thanks to the high demand for housing and other wood products, and tight supply of lumber, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai is under pressure from homebuilders and lawmakers to remove the softwood lumber duty on Canadian lumber.

EACOM invests $7.7M in continuous dry kiln at Matagami mill

The kiln, which is expected to be fully operational by October 2021, will allow lumber to be dried 24 hours a day, without interruption, directly at the facility.

Robotic Research, FPInnovations partner to develop resource road truck platooning technology

The multi-year project aims at accelerating the adoption of off-road automated-vehicle (AV) technology to improve safety and address an acute labor shortage, thereby improving the quality and viability of rural jobs where natural resources are located.
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Seaton Forest Products

Building a niche: BC mill sees success using dry wood

Seaton Forest Products, owned by Andy Thompson, cuts dry Grade 4 wood into cants, using wood that historically would have been left in the bush or burned. Now, as the B.C. Interior forest industry grapples with a decreasing fibre supply, Thompson hopes to continue building on this niche. » Learn more...
VETS Group

Building a lifetime of relationships: VETS Group marks 100 years in the business

Few companies can say they’ve been around for 100 years. But, VETS Group, which manufactures and installs dust collection systems for the wood products industry, can now add their names to the list. To mark their 100-year anniversary, CFI sat down with VETS Group’s Sean and Erin Rayner to learn more about the company’s history, experience getting into the wood products industry and more. » Learn more...

Liebherr-XPower wheel loaders

XPower is an innovative concept, which combines performance, fuel efficiency, robustness and comfort. With Liebherr power split driveline, XPower wheel loaders work with the greatest level of efficiency in all applications. Choose an industrial lift arm or a Z-bar linkage for a high handling capacity. Increase safety as well as reduce the burden on operators with all the new assistance systems developed by Liebherr, fully integrated into the machine’s controls. The new features include the Skyview 360° camera system, active rear person recognition, front area monitoring and a new weighing device.
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RCMP now enforcing ban on logging blockades in Fairy Creek

The police are now temporarily controlling access to the area, to allow loggers from Teal-Cedar Products to begin operations. A checkpoint will remain in place on a forestry access road until the company has completed harvesting. » Read more...

U.S. housing construction cools as costs climb

“Housing starts and permits posted a monthly decline in April, as escalating prices for lumber and other building materials price out some home buyers from an otherwise hot housing market,” said NAHB chairman Chuck Fowke. » Read more...

Wildfires prompt states of emergency in Manitoba

The RM of North Cypress and the Town of Carberry have declared states of emergency because of a fire near CFB Shilo. Meanwhile, the community of Homebrook might be evacuated as a wildfire there has pushed through a perimeter. » Read more...

Feds invest $245K to grow Homalco First Nation’s forestry business

The funds will help Homalco Forestry Initiatives with communications and strategic planning, tenure management, contract logging and business planning to increase employment and revenue in the community. » Read more...
Madison's Lumber Report

Dust Safety Week 2021

June 21-25, 2021
Location: canadianbiomassmagazine.ca
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Elmia Wood 2022

June 2-4, 2022
Location: Jönköping, Sweden
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