Sheraton Holdings Ltd. sawmill, which is owned by Comfor Management Services Ltd. (CMSL), is back up and running.
As reported in the Lakes District News edition of Feb. 15, 2012, the sawmill, located East of Burns Lake, was scheduled to reopen this month after being closed for more than a year.
The company officially wound up its operations during December 2010 and to limit losses all staff, except for a skeleton maintenance crew and manager Henry Wiebe were laid off.
The sawmill produces a variety of specialty cut products from timbers to side lumber for domestic and foreign markets.
CMSL president Quentin Beach said Sheraton commenced its operations on March 6, 2012. At present, the mill is running one shift and is employing seven people.”
“The decision to reopen the mothballed sawmill makes good business sense at this time. While we are cognizant of the community’s employment needs in wake of the Babine Forest Products explosion and fire, our decision to reopen Sheraton Holdings Ltd. is based on sound business principles.”
The improved demand for some of Sheraton’s traditional products have made it feasible to reopen. Hampton Affiliates also played a key role in getting the sawmill back into production with negotiations between the two companies that have lead to Sheraton Holdings Ltd. acquiring logs from Hampton Affiliates for its start up operations.
The company’s inventory dried up when its remaining saw log inventory was sold off prior to the shutdown.
Beach said, “Sheraton Holdings Ltd. has an agreement in place with Hampton Affiliates to acquire the fibre required for its immediate operations.”