Loader operator Ed Langan breaks ground to mark the start of construction on the new Lakeland sawmill.
July 22, 2013
Lakeland Mills starts construction on North America's newest sawmill
With the dumping of a load of ceremonial sod, Ed Langan signaled the official start of construction on the new Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George. Langan was among a group of Lakeland employees helping to celebrate the happy event for the company and the community.
"I'm glad I got to be here today to help kick off this project," said Langan, a loader operator who has worked with Lakeland for 40 years. "It was a terrible thing that happened last year, but it feels good to be getting on with construction. I'm looking forward to the new mill opening next year."
Foundations are already being poured for the new mill, which marks the start of construction. The mill is expected to open by late summer 2014.
Lakeland Mills Ltd. announced in March 2013 that it will rebuild the sawmill at its existing site on River Road in Prince George, British Columbia.
Foundations have been poured and construction will continue through Fall 2013, with construction completion expected in Spring 2014. Following a commissioning process, including hiring and training of approximately 100 employees required to staff the mill, it will open for production by Fall 2014.
The mill will continue to produce stud lumber, with the ability to manufacture metric lengths in addition to the American Lumber Standard.
It is expected to have a capacity of approximately 200 million board feet. It will be integrated with the existing planer mill, which is still operational, and the energy system Lakeland operates in partnership with the City of Prince George.
Further project details, as well as design drawings, will be provided as they become available.