Failing to be able to travel this summer, both the Americans and the Québécois are doing renovations at home and this situation makes the happiness of the forest industry in the Mauricie region.
The demand for timber is such that the group Rémabec-Arbec plans to invest and increase production in two of its sawmills in the Mauricie region.
The company, however, did not confirmed.
According to what VAT-Three-Rivers has still been able to learn, the Parent sawmill, which was operating at 50% capacity for a year has returned to its cruising speed in recent weeks.
The company is preparing to add a shift and hire up to 25 new workers.
“It is certain that there have always been employees who come from outside to come and fill the positions here. So probably it’s going to be the same thing that is going to happen. I know that there are steps underway for the company to look for staff,” says the councilor of the sector of Parent, Éric Chagnon, who has got wind of the intentions of Rémabec-Arbec.
The same company apprêterait also to invest up to $ 17 million at its facility in Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac to add a line of sawing. However, it is a project that was in the air for several years. The company would make its implementation conditional to the renewal of the collective agreement. An offer said to be “comprehensive and final” has been rejected by the hundreds of workers on 20 June, but the negotiations will continue.
“It is something positive. It’s been a long time that people expect an investment at this plant,” says Steve St. Pierre , adviser to the union Uniforms at the factory.
A market of building materials of Three-Rivers confirms that the demand for timber, particularly for treated wood, is strong.
“We managed all the same to have vans that come every week,” says Daniel Vézina from the hardware store Canac.
The Council of the Québec forest industry notes that in June the price of the 2 X 4 has experienced a 20% increase on the markets.