MACKENZIE, BC: Paper Excellence B.V., which closed down two years ago, putting 250 people out of work, is re-opening its Mackenzie Pulp Mill in Mackenzie, BC.
Over 220 workers have been brought back to work at the mill and an estimated 500 spin-off jobs will also be created, revitalizing the entire community of Mackenzie.
Located more than 1,000 km north of Vancouver, centered in the “fibre basket” of the BC interior, the Mackenzie Mill operates at a total capacity of over 235,000 tonnes per year. The unique characteristics of the fiber resources within the region make Mackenzie pulp one of the brightest, cleanest and strongest pulps in the world.
“Our land is full of precious resources, so we are willing to endorse companies that have the expertise, commitment and willingness to work with us to manage our resources in an environmentally sound manner,” says Chief Derek Orr of the McLeod Lake Indian Band. “I look forward to working with Mackenzie Pulp Mill and exploring other opportunities that will benefit the McLeod Lake Indian Band, local communities and the province.”
The official opening took place on August 17, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the mill.