A Wood-Processing Plant Soon Under Construction in Wemotaci
In the summer of 2021, a wood-processing plant will begin operation in the community of Wemotaci, a project made possible by a 1,3 M$ investment from the Conseil des Atikamekw de Wemotaci (CAW) and Indigenous Services Canada.
This project, which had been in the plans for several years in Wemotaci, is carried by the CAW and Tackipotcikan, a limited partnership entity (which means « the things you cut » in the Atikamekw language). The site preparation work, which is being carried out by Construction Meskano, a company in the community, is in progress. In the spring, the construction of the 9 400 sq.ft. building will begin. In the meantime, the promoters will take advantage of the cold season to buy all the equipment.
A plant that will stand out from the competition
Conventional sawmills have to deal with equipment that allows them to generate only certain categories of products. In order to have more flexibility, it was decided to equip the plant with a mobile cart, which will allow the production of a wide variety of products, including oversized products made from large logs that are unusable in conventional mills.
The supply will be made from sawmills located close to Wemotaci; this will reduce the cost of transporting wood to the mill. Discussions are underway with the Arbec sawmill, located in Parent, about a hundred kilometers from Wemotaci. From these logs, the plant wishes to specialize in the production of niche products, i.e. products with non-standard dimensions that cannot be found elsewhere. They will therefore be able to meet the needs of businesses and general contractors with specific needs, which once again set them apart from the competition.
Other operations that can be carried out in the mill include drying the wood, edging to remove unevenness from the wood and sawing.
Local economic spin-offs
The entire community of Wemotaci will be able to benefit from the economic spin-offs of this project, which will create a dozen jobs for its members. Local businesses will also benefit from the presence of a plant in the community, whether it be for the transportation of wood or for services that can be provided as a subcontractor. Finally, new economic opportunities could be created and come to stimulate the creation of private companies in Wemotaci.
Further information on the Atikamekw community of Wemotaci can be found at wemotaci.com.
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