Canadian Manufacturing

$125-million NewPage plan skips private wood producers

Association says private land contractors haven't been working since May, while Crown land contractors have been working under a provincial stimulus plan



PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S.—A spokesman for private wood producers says there was nothing for them in the Nova Scotia government’s $125-million funding package for the former NewPage paper mill.

Russell Huntington of the Eastern Nova Scotia Private Wood Producers Association says while the announcement was good for the mill, private contractors were left out in the cold.

Huntington says private land contractors haven’t been working since May, while Crown land contractors have been working under the province’s forest infrastructure fund.

He says there could be a wood shortage by the time prospective buyer Pacific West Commercial Corp. gets the idle mill up and running in the fall.

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