No new plywood mill for Port Alberni

Coastland Wood Industries says lack of source fibre would be an issue for any new plywood mill.

Coastland Wood Industries won’t be bringing a new plywood facility to Port Alberni anytime soon, according to Clint Parcher, vice-president of fibre supply for the company.

Coastland invited Port Alberni mayor John Douglas and city manager Ken Watson to visit their Nanaimo facility in October and to discuss the feasibility of having another plywood facility here.

Watson said that they visited the facility to see if Coastland would be interested in bringing a plant here but cautioned that “they’re not actively looking to invest.”

Parcher said that while it was good to bring Douglas and Watson out to take a look at their facility, he closed their visit by telling them that “there’d be no chance of us ever thinking about building anything unless we could confirm some kind of access to fibre.”

However, Watson said that “it’s good to keep the lines of communication open and they might be interested at some time in the future, but not right at the moment.”

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