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Mike Effray of Strategic Fire Control demonstrating first aid.
Cranbrook, Forestry Strategic Fire Control

Mike Effray, owner and operations manager of Cranbrook-based Strategic Fire Control, has one of the hottest jobs on the market today.

by Trina Ayling
Canfor opertations in Canal Flats
Canal Flats, Forestry Canfor cuts 81 Canal Flats mill jobs

Cuts attributed to “a dearth of affordably retrievable timber.”

Todd Hebert, executive director of Blue Lake Centre
Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Education, Environment, Forestry Citizen science comes to the Kootenays

Blue Lake Centre’s new executive director, Todd Hebert, is incorporating citizen science into the centre’s education programs.

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Justin Storm, general manager, J.H. Huscroft, Creston, B.C.
Creston, Environment, Forestry Long-term survivor

J.H. Huscroft Ltd. produces a diverse range of products and provides employment that supports economic stability in B.C.’s Creston Valley

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A father, his daughter, son and grandchildren standing by a red truck.
Castlegar, Forestry 75 years of sawdust in their blood

From horses and handsaws to logging trucks and high-speed lumber stackers, the Kalesnikoffs have kept the family business going strong since 1939.

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Bryce Piggot, plant manager, Louisiana-Pacific Building Products, Golden, B.C.
Golden, Forestry Job seekers, try Golden

After five years of downsizing, Louisiana-Pacific Building Products in Golden, B.C., is in a promising growth phase.

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Forestry machinery at work
Canal Flats, Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Forestry Forest Industry has strong connection to Kootenays

Vancouver-based Canfor and a number of other companies lead the list.

High Terrain Helicopter base
Nelson, Forestry, Small Business New state-of-the-art helicopter base near Nelson

Steve Benwell has grown his company into one of the largest helicopter operations in the Kootenay region.

Picture of wood planks
Forestry Sawmill to be re-started by San Group as Meadow Creek Forest Products

A Surrey-based company has purchased Meadow Creek Cedar’s long-idled sawmill at Cooper Creek.

Exterior of Kootenay Wood Preserves building in Cranbrook BC
Cranbrook, Forestry Jemi Fibre on forestry buying spree in the East Kootenay

Jemi Fibre based in Vancouver also recently acquired three wood manufacturing companies in the region.

A welder working on a giant shovel head.
Cranbrook, Forestry, Mining Caliper Machine & Hydraulics

Mike Hambalek's business is attracting international attention with its innovative products for the mining industry.

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George Brinkman in the mill yard.
Kaslo, Forestry

Boards by George does not focus on producing mass volumes of milled lumber, rather it focuses on specialty wood products

by Trish Drinkle
A red tracked machine has pinchers on the front.
Nelson, Forestry Kootenay-made equipment

On the brink of its 60th year, KMC/Kootrac has introduced a 3000 series to better serve industries around the world.

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The Kuskanax Creek Footbridge is an important part of the landscape in Nakusp.
Nakusp, Developments, Forestry New Kuskanax Creek Footbridge in Nakusp wins award

At the UBCM conference in Vancouver in September, Wood Works! BC announced the winners of the 2013 Community Recognition Awards.

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Forestry Work is progressing at the Elko sawmill

Several upgrades are now complete at Canfor’s Elko sawmill and the project should wrap up in late spring of 2014.

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Indoor close up of middle-aged man with thinning dark hair
Radium Hot Springs, Nakusp, Forestry Positioned to supply a new market

Mass timber construction is ecologically friendly, and is a likely market for products from Brisco Manufacturing Ltd.

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Looking through the trees at a logging truck getting loaded with sawlogs.
Forestry Renewing a renewable industry

Through the toughest of times, B.C.’s forest industry has managed to sustain itself and it is now poised for growth.

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A driver sitting in a loaded logging truck.
Cranbrook, Forestry It’s a good time to get into forestry

The industry is expected to need at least 60,000 new recruits by 2020.

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A logging truck getting loaded in the dark.
Forestry A day in the life of a Kootenay log hauler

S.M. Quennell Trucking takes one of Kootenay Business magazine’s staff writers on a ride-along

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Aerial view of a large lumber yard, including industrial buildings
Creston, Forestry A century behind them

Wynndel Box & Lumber is a family-owned company in Wynndel, B.C., that is entering its second century in business.

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Photo Elko planer mill during construction
Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Forestry Canfor racks up $80 million in investment in the East Kootenay

Canfor Corporation is a company on the move in the East Kootenay.

Group photo of Selkirk forestry students in Southern Mexico learning about the area's forests
Castlegar, Education, Forestry Selkirk forestry students learn new approaches in Mexico

Students from Selkirk College’s Forest Technology Program recently travelled to Mexico to learn about the area’s unique forest

An aerial view of a lumber mill site
Revelstoke, Forestry A unique synergy

The city of Revelstoke, B.C., and local lumber company Downie Timber have been supportive of each other—to the advantage of both.

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Photo Tembec mill
Forestry Tembec sells Skookumchuk Pulp Mill for $89 million

Tembec sells Skookumchuk Pulp Mill for $89 million

Photo of a plasma table with sparks flying.
Cranbrook, Forestry, Mining

Fab Rite Services Ltd. offers a wide range of services to the industries of mining, oil and gas, forestry and construction.

Photo of Skookumchuck pulp mill
Forestry Tembec Inc. is looking to sell its Skookumchuck pulp mill to stem losses

Will Canfor step up to the plate and add to its holdings in the East Kootenay with the purchase of the Skookumchuck pulp mill?

Man in front of a helicopter
Nelson, Forestry, Mining, Small Business, Tourism High quality at High Terrain Helicopters

Steve Benwell is the owner and founder of High Terrain Helicopters, a Kootenay company that has been in operation for 20 years.

by Lisa Crane
Photo of Elko Sawmill
Developments, Forestry Canfor announces $40 million upgrade to Elko sawmill

On the heels of investing $40+ million in getting their sawmill in Radium back into production, Canfor has announced a $40 million upgrade to their Elko sawmill

Photo of a group of forestry students
Castlegar, Nelson, Education, Forestry Kalesnikoff Lumber donates to student project

Need firewood, who you going to call? Kalesnikoff Lumber.

Photo of Canfor's new planer mill
Radium Hot Springs, Forestry, Tourism New hope for a resilient B.C. village

With Canfor's sawmill reopening in the village of Radium Hot Springs, B.C., the community is celebrating new hope and perseverance through tough times.

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Photo of inside Canfor's completely upgraded sawmill
Radium Hot Springs, Forestry Canfor reopens its Radium sawmill after a $38.5-million investment

The community of Radium Hot Springs is celebrating the return of a vital economic presence.

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Photo of Radium's Canfor sawmill.
Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Forestry Canfor’s Radium mill gearing up for fall restart

Canfor, B.C.'s largest forestry product company, is busy getting their shuttered Radium Hot Springs sawmill back into production.

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The front of the new Elkford Community Conference Centre
Elkford, Developments, Forestry Elkford Community Conference Centre is a showpiece for green building

Elkford's conference centre is a prime example of leading-edge B.C. design concepts and green building protocol.

Three men in black shirts standing together with the mountains in the background.
Cranbrook, Golden, Revelstoke, Agriculture, Environment, Forestry, Mining The name says it all

Three partners from Cranbrook have purchased the consulting side of Interior Reforestation and formed a new consulting firm called Vast Resource Solutions.

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Forestry Brisco Wood Preservers sold to Stella-Jones Inc. – Sale subject to closing conditions

Montreal-headquartered Stella-Jones Inc. has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire certain pole treating assets of Brisco Wood Preservers Ltd., a provider of treated wood poles located in British Columbia.

Celgar near Castlegar, B.C. is one of the largest and most modern kraft pulp mills in North America.
Castlegar, Environment, Forestry Castlegar’s Celgar is fighting to sell excess “green” power

The Business in Vancouver newspaper is reporting that Celgar, located just north of Castlegar, is fighting with BC Hydro over the sale of excess power to Fortis BC—BC Hydro’s main competitor.

Man in safety gear at an industry plant.
Golden, Forestry A main player in Golden

Golden Engineered Wood Products, which has enjoyed a longstanding presence in the town of Golden, is proud of its work and workforce.

by Lisa Crane
Logs being loaded onto a semi-truck
Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Forestry Canfor plans $40 million sawmill upgrade in Kootenays—Radium to re-open with new planer

Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP) plans to spend $40 million to upgrade sawmills in the Kootenay region.

Forestry The Canfor signs are up in Cranbrook

Canfor has completed the acquisition of the Tembec Industries Ltd. southern British Columbia interior wood products assets—consisting of the Elko and Canal Flats sawmills and approximately 1.1 million cubic metres of combined Crown land, private land and contract annual allowable cut.

Photo of the Canfor Corporation's Chetwynd Sawmill
Cranbrook, Developments, Forestry East Kootenay sawmills have a new owner

On November 28, 2011, Canfor Corporation announced an agreement made with Tembec Industries Ltd. that they will acquire Tembec's sawmills in Elko and Canal Flats in southeastern B.C.

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people at a ribbon cutting ceremony
Developments, Forestry Building a bright future

The Midway mill has been re-opened and brought back to life—a venture that turned out to be a true community effort in every sense.

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Forestry Edgewater lumber producer secures forest fibre supply

WoodEx currently creates and exports value-added lumber products, primarily for the Chinese and Japanese market. The mill does not have its own forest tenure, so can now tap into some 5,000 cubic metres of timber on Akisqnuknik lands.

Forestry Canfor to buy Tembec’s B.C. lumber assets for $60 million: Tembec keeps Skookumchuck pulp mill

Canfor, which is Canada’s largest lumber producer, will buy Tembec’s Elko and Canal Flats sawmills and approximately 1.1 million cubic metres of combined Crown, private land and annual allowable cut.

Castlegar, Forestry Fit to Plant program helps set safety milestone at Canadian Timberlands

Canadian Timberlands has completed its tree planting operations across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and although more than 12 million trees were planted, not one recordable safety incident was incurred for the 2011 planting season.

Forestry West Kootenay based KMC Track Skidders meet growing demand in South America

Over the past years, Kootenay Manufacturing Co. (KMC) has been supplying countries in South America with FMC and KMC Track Skidders. The majority of machines are in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Brazil.

Creston, Developments, Forestry A straight board foot to the future

Situated in Wynndel, just north of Creston, B.C., Wynndel Box & Lumber company is getting the attention of the world catering to over 13 countries including Pakistan, Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and Japan.

by Dan Williams
Grand Forks, Developments, Forestry Hope for the future

The Midway sawmill reopens in the B.C. Interior, promising to create jobs and bring economic benefits to the region.

by Trevor Crawley
Cranbrook, Forestry Tembec official believes the American market will come back

Tembec sees positive signs that the American lumber market is ready to rebound.

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