New Brunswick

Miramichi Lumber reopens

A Miramichi sawmill that shut down in July because of a shortage of logs from Crown land has temporarily reopened. Miramichi Lumber expects to stay open this time for four weeks.

Sawmill expects to operate for four weeks

A Miramichi sawmill that shut down in July because of a shortage of logs from Crown land has temporarily reopened.

Miramichi Lumber expects to stay open this time for four weeks.

Hal Raper, the company’s chief financial officer, said it hasn't been easy to keep the flow of work running smoothly at the mill.

"It’s very difficult, obviously," said Raper. "Without sawlogs there’s no work for the employees and it’s not healthy for the business either."

Sixty people are back to work at the mill. It employed 110 when it shut down temporarily on July 26.

This is the latest in a series of openings and closures for Miramichi Lumber. The mill reopened in May after being out of operation for more than a year.

The July closure sparked a debate about whether Miramichi Lumber was receiving its full entitlement of wood cut from Crown land.

Ultimately, Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup refused to increase Miramichi Lumber’s allocation of Crown wood. He said the company had not harvested most of its allocation and urged it to cut the its remaining 120,000 cubic metres.

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