A letter from the ForestTalk inbox:
There is a big hole in my heart and I can’t get the mill closer off my mind. I worked at the Pine Falls mill for 32 years. The things that bother me the most is how this process was done and why it happened this way.
- Tembec was totally the worst company to come in and buy the mill off the employees. They literally destroyed the relationship between the communities of Powerview and Pine Falls Manitoba.
- On September 2nd of 2009 Tembec shut the doors and totally blamed it on wages and market conditions. We all know that this is not true.
- The Union had asked Tembec to allow the boiler house employees to go in and run the boilers for heating the mill in the winter while the negotiations were going on. Tembec refused and hired a propane company hook up some heaters. That was no were near enough heat and there for the floors froze and frost heaved the floors making this impossible to ever start up again.
- I would like to know the statistics on how long after initial close, it took other mill Owner’s to dismantle the property. Tembec made this mill impossible to start up within weeks of the shutdown to ever start up again.
- I am upset with the Manitoba government for not stepping in and throwing Tembec out of Manitoba. Just like Newfoundland did to Abitibi Price.
- How was the Manitoba government supposed to know what was going on. They probably felt that the market conditions was to blame. I am part to blame because I know that we had orders. In August of 09 we ran 3 special order to try and get in the press rooms of Rocky Mountain and Minneapolis, but I can’t remember the third press room. As I recall we did very well and was awarded those order. The next week we were shutdown and all of our orders went to Kapaskasing Ont.
- We had 3 men in Tembec’s organization in the Sales and Marketing Department. Out of these three men, not one came forward and said that we need to get this mill back and continue making paper. Tembec still has all but one still on the payroll. You have to ask yourself, did they do right by letting their birthplace die.
- The mill Manager at the time, was born and raised the Pine Falls. He is now Assistant mill Manager in Kapaskasing Ont. He was the one that was in the biggest hurry to put the recking ball to the mill. ( another hometown boy )
- In the end of all of this, myself and 75% of the employees lost 300 plus thousand dollars in pension.
- If I can salvage anything out of this is, please evaluate all situations and don’t rely on somebody else’s word. Make the Government accountable.
Stock prep-beater engineer