Province helps upgrade Atikokan mill

The Ontario government is supporting economic prosperity by investing in efficiency upgrades at the FibraTech fibre board mill in Atikokan, Northern Development and Mines minister Rick Bartolucci and Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro announced last week.
“The forestry industry plays a key role in the economies of many northern communities,” Bartolucci said.
“By supporting this industry, we are creating opportunities for future investment in our wood-products sector, leading to its expansion and the potential for new employment,” he noted.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC) is providing FibraTech Manufacturing Inc. with $3,662,210 to purchase and install additional machinery and equipment to improve mill efficiency and take advantage of changing market opportunities.
A truck dumper, an automatic strapper, a blender unit, and burner are among the pieces of equipment to be acquired and installed.
The upgrades also will allow FibraTech to secure employment levels.
“This investment will help Atikokan’s economic foundation at a time when it is greatly needed,” Mauro said. “Our government will continue to work with the community to help it achieve stability and future prosperity.”
“The loan from the NOHFC will allow FibraTech to continue making the capital investments that will reduce operating costs, enable the manufacture of additional value-added products, and ensure that jobs are maintained in Atikokan,” said FibraTech president Dan Warren.
The Ontario government recently announced additional measures to strengthen the competitiveness and long-term viability of Ontario’s forest sector and support northern communities.
These initiatives commit $330 million to the industry over the next five years and are aimed at fostering a new generation of forest-sector jobs.
Ontario also is calling on the federal government to come forward with a national strategy to support the forest industry.
“The McGuinty government is pleased to support FibraTech and will continue to work with them,” said Natural Resources minister David Ramsay. “By encouraging more value-added wood products, we are helping to build a better future for the forest industry.”