The mill, which opened for a short time in 2008 before curtailing operations due to poor market conditions in 2009, has the longest continuous press in North America and is capable of producing a wide variety of products in varying lengths and thicknesses.
Reopening the mill has provided approximately 150 direct and indirect jobs in the community, including salaried and hourly positions at the mill, contractors and suppliers, and related community employment opportunities.
Ramp-up on the mill began in late 2013 with first board production in December of that year and it is expected to reach full production capacity by 1Q 2015.
Tolko Industries Ltd. is a private, Canadian-owned forest products company based in Vernon, British Columbia. Tolko is a major producer and marketer of lumber, veneer, plywood, oriented strand board, and kraft papers, with manufacturing operations across Western Canada.