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Statement from Lakeland Mills on penalties imposed by WorkSafeBC.  

OCTOBER 31, 2014 - Lakeland Mills Ltd. and its management group have reflected on the terrible accident of April 23, 2012, and recognize with sorrow the impact the explosion and fire has had on all of our employees and their families, particularly the families of Glenn Roche and Al Little, the company and the broader community.

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2014 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards

 

OCTOBER 16, 2014 - Sinclar Group was named a Winner at the 2014 Power Smart Excellence Awards in the Leadership Excellence award category.

“Energy conservation is a cost-effective long-term business approach,” said Joanna Sofield, General Manager of Power Smart. “Our winners have made energy management solutions a regular part of their operations because saving energy means saving money. That makes solid business sense.”

 

Lakeland Mills responds to Crown decision in sawmill explosion  

APRIL 15, 2014 - Lakeland Mills Ltd. believes BC Crown Counsel conducted its charge assessment in the case of the explosion and fire at the Lakeland Mills sawmill in a fair and objective manner, and that its decision not to proceed with charges was the correct one.

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President Greg Stewart's statement on Crown decision in sawmill explosion  

APRIL 15, 2014 - I want to begin my comments today by acknowledging the families of Glenn Roche and Al Little, the employees who died in the explosion of April 23, 2012, as well as the injured workers on site that night, all Lakeland employees, their families and others impacted by this incident. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about them. And my thoughts are especially with each and every one of them today, as we relive this terrible tragedy.

Please click here to read President Greg Stewart's full statement (PDF file)

 

Lakeland Mills starts construction on North America’s newest sawmill  

JULY 22, 2013 - 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 today. Langan was among a group of Lakeland employees helping to celebrate the happy event for the company and the community.

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Sabrina Mowbray receives prestigious Rising Star Award from BC Human Resource Management Association  

MAY 8, 2013 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is proud to announce that Sabrina Mowbray has received the prestigious Rising Star Award from the BC Human Resource Management Association, in recognition of her exceptional conduct in the aftermath of the Lakeland sawmill explosion and fire.

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Special event to mark one-year anniversary of Lakeland tragedy

 

APRIL 18, 2013 - Lakeland Mills Ltd. invites the community of Prince George to join employees and families to commemorate the tragic April 23, 2012 explosion and fire at the Lakeland sawmill.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 6:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Location: Prince George Civic Centre

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Lakeland Mills announces plans to rebuild Prince George sawmill  

MARCH 20, 2013 - Lakeland Mills Ltd. announced today it will build a new sawmill to replace the mill destroyed in a tragic explosion and fire on April 23, 2012.

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Lakeland Mills response to WorkSafeBC statement on April 23 mill incident  

NOVEMBER 29, 2012 - Lakeland Mills Ltd. is disappointed with WorkSafeBC's intention to pursue offences under the Workers' Compensation Act following the explosion and fire that destroyed the company's sawmill on April 23, 2012.

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Sinclar Group Forest Products named energy conservation business leader  

OCTOBER 22, 2012 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. has been recognized a second time for its leadership role in sustainable energy management at the 2012 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards. Sinclar Group was named a 2012 Leadership Excellence Award winner.

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Lakeland to restart planer mill and district energy system  

JULY 3, 2012 - Lakeland Mills will resume operations at its planer mill and will restart its district energy system on July 3, 2012.

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Lakeland to start up planer mill for temporary operating period  

MAY 25, 2012 - Lakeland Mills will be re-starting its planer mill on Monday, May 28 for approximately six weeks. The decision to re-start the mill was made in order to process the inventory remaining on the Lakeland Mills site following the tragic explosion and fire at the sawmill on April 23.

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Sinclar Group Forest Products remembers lost co-workers  

APRIL 26, 2012 - PRINCE GEORGE - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is extremely saddened to confirm the deaths of two of their employees following the April 23, 2012 accident at their Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, BC.

The company is also asking for support and respect in this important time of grieving for the families of the two employees.

"Words cannot express our sadness at the passing of these two members of the Sinclar Group family," said Greg Stewart, president of Sinclar Group Forest Products. "The thoughts of everyone at Sinclar Group Forest Products are with the families of Al and Glen today, and we want them to know we will stand by them and do whatever we can to help them deal with this tragic incident."

Alan Little, 43, was a sawmill production supervisor. He had 18 years experience with Lakeland Mills, a division of the Sinclar Group. Glen Roche, 46, was a large headrig operator. He would have celebrated his 29th anniversary with the company in June of this year.

"Al was wonderful human being who earned the respect of his co-workers over the years," said Stewart, adding that Little had been promoted to production supervisor two years ago. "He was a great supervisor, he had a special way of working with people, people responded well to him."

"Glen was a perfect example of what we mean when we talk about the Sinclar Group family," said Stewart. "He was just so full of energy, always wanting to outdo himself. He had a lot of friends at the mill and he was well-respected by everyone he worked with."

Sinclar Group would like to remind the media and the public that this is a time of extreme emotion for everyone in Prince George, but no one more than the families of those employees involved in the incident.

"While we understand the interest of the public to know the stories of the wonderful people who work for us, I would ask that the media please respect the privacy of the families of Al and Glen at this time," said Stewart.

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Media Inquiries: Cam McAlpine, PRMedia - 250.961.6611

 

Sinclar Group Forest Products statement on Lakeland Mills incident  

APRIL 24, 2012 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. can confirm that a serious accident occurred last night at their Lakeland Mills sawmill in Prince George, BC.

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Sinclar Group announces permanent closure of Winton Global Lumber  

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. today announced it will not resume operations at its Winton Global Lumber plant sites.

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Please click here to read the Winton Global Fact Sheet (PDF file)


Sinclar Group Forest Products supports Japan earthquake relief effort  

JUNE 6, 2011 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is proud to be part of an industry initiative to provide $500,000 in long-term reconstruction relief following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.

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Sinclar Group presents a Fact Sheet in regards to Winton Global Lumber Operations  

MAY 26, 2011 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. presents a Fact Sheet in regards to Winton Global Lumber, to provide employees, the community, and the media with information on the status of Winton Global Lumber operations as of May 2011.

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Sinclar Group Forest Products contributes to Northern Cancer Lodge  

MARCH 31, 2011 - Sinclar Group Forest Products is pleased to announce a contribution of $250,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of the fundraising efforts to build a lodge to help Northern BC residents facing cancer.

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Sinclar Group Forest Products plays a key role in UNBC bioenergy plant  

MARCH 28, 2011 -Representatives from Sinclar Group Forest Products joined British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and other project partners to officially open the Bioenergy Plant at the University of Northern BC last week. Prince George-based Lakeland Mills, a division of Sinclar Group, is the biomass supplier for this innovative bioenergy plant.

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Sinclar Group co-founder passes away

 

JANUARY 11, 2011 - Ivan Emil Andersen passed away peacefully on the morning of Thursday, January 6, 2011. He was 94. Ivan was a co-founder along with Bob Stewart of Sinclar Enterprises, the company that would eventually become Sinclar Group Forest Products. Ivan was a Prince George pioneer, having lived in the area since he was born in South Fort George in 1916. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Ivan, but also with pride, knowing Ivan left a legacy of leadership, family and community that is the foundation of our company's values to this day.

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Sinclar Group Forest Products named one of BC's Top 25 Exporters.

 

 

NOVEMBER 20, 2010 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. and SPF Precut Lumber proved again that they're an unbeatable team when it comes to excellence in the manufacture and export of high quality lumber and wood products.

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Forests Minister thanks Sinclar Group and City of Prince George for Olympic podium

 

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 - Pat Bell, Minister of Forests, Mines and Range, presented the City of Prince George with a gift in recognition of its contribution of a medal podium used at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The blue-stained lodgepole pine used for the podium was donated by the Prince George Community Forest and milled by local company Lakeland Mills Ltd, a Sinclar Group Forest Products company. The podium was housed at the Pacific Coliseum, which was the venue for both figure skating and short-track speed skating events.

Please click here to read City of Prince George media release (PDF file)

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2010 Power Smart Excellence Awards, BC Hydro

 

OCTOBER 26, 2010 - Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. was recognized for its sustainable energy management program at the 2010 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Awards on October 25, 2010. Sinclar was named 2010 BC Hydro Power Smart Leader, BC Hydro's highest level of customer recognition. "I'm pleased to accept this award on behalf of the people who really deserve it – the men and women who work for us," said Greg Stewart, Sinclar Group President. "This award recognizes the incredible dedication of a team of Sinclar employees, and of all our staff who recognized a business challenge, found a solution, and implemented it, all in record time."

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Lakeland Mills General Manager Mike Richard featured in 5-Part Series on Bioenergy on CKPG-TV

 

With the abundance of fibre in the Central Interior of British Columbia and the appeal of bioenergy gaining momentum, local companies are recognizing its possible benefits. Two projects of note are the City of Prince George's plans to heat civic facilities and the University of Northern BC's internationally-recognized heating project. Sinclar Group Forest Products is a partner on both projects, with Lakeland Mills supplying fibre for the UNBC project, and the thermal heat source for Prince George's Downtown District Energy System.

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Sinclar Group President Greg Stewart featured in 5-Part Series on Bioenergy on CKPG-TV

 

In recent years, climate change and its threats have driven government and the private sector to focus their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and bioenergy has been a big part of that push. Sinclar Group Forest Products is leading the way in developing integrated solutions to utilize wood fibre in the most efficient way possible to the benefit of the communities in which it works. Company President Greg Stewart was recently featured in a television newscast looking at the opportunities in the bioenergy industry.

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2010 BC Export Awards, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) of BC

 

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) of BC announced the candidates for the 2010 BC Export Awards and Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is proud to be a finalist in the Primary Products & Resources Category. "We're very pleased to be selected as one of the finalists this year and we would like to express our gratitude to the sponsors who have created this opportunity to recognize and celebrate the important contribution exporters make to the BC economy," says Greg Stewart, President of Sinclar Group. The awards will be announced on November 19th, 2010.

 

District Energy Plan, City of Prince George

 

Sinclar Forest Products Ltd. is working with the City of Prince George to develop a wood fibre-based energy system that will provide carbon neutral green energy to buildings in downtown Prince George. It optimizes a system already in place at the Lakeland Mill, burning sawmill residue with greater efficiency while reducing emissions. This project is an integral part of the City's District Energy Plan, which was awarded honours this year at the 2010 Energy and Climate Action Awards in the category of Community Planning and Development.

 

UNBC Biomass System

 

Lakeland Mills Ltd., a member of the Sinclar Group of companies, entered a five-year agreement with the University of Northern BC this year to supply a bioenergy facility that is unique to Canada. The Prince George based mill will be supplying bark and sawdust to fuel a biomass gasification system that is being installed by Nexterra Systems Corp. of Vancouver. When operating, it's expected that the system will reduce the university's reliance on fossil fuels by 85% and give it the smallest carbon footprint of any university core campus in Canada. Greg Stewart, President of Sinclar Group, says, "We are proud to support the university in furthering its position as Canada's Green University while establishing Northern British Columbia as a bioenergy centre of excellence."

 

 

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