General Manager of Resolute’s Thunder Bay mill promises 300 jobs
Doug Murray, general manager Resolute Forest Products in Thunder Bay, Ontario said he is expecting to hire at least 300 skilled trades-people in the coming years.
- 90 jobs when the Ignace sawmill reopens in late 2013 or early 2014
- 80 jobs will be created under the $100 million capital investment the company intends to make in Northwestern Ontario between now and 2017
- More jobs at a planned sawmill expansion in Thunder Bay
- Jobs at a condensing turbine project that should be ready to start up by the fall
- 80% of its workforce is expected to retire over the next 3-4 years
Murray says the forest industry isn’t dead.
“We’ve already started hiring a number of people last year and this year.”
“We’re going to need a lot of people … It’s going to be like what was happening here in the ‘60s. When the first kraft mill came in, in 1965 and the second kraft mill came in 1975, there was a huge influx of hiring.
“That second influx of hiring in 1975, those are the people that are retiring now. So we’ll have another huge influx of people coming in to replace them. It just so happens that they’re all crunched in, because of the size of the mill now and where we’ve been over the last few years.”
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