Kenora Forest Products is looking to increase their production efforts, as they begin a weekend production shift next month.
"We are extremely pleased to see Kenora Forest Products running at full production and now expanding even further to take advantage of a low Canadian dollar and rebound in softwood lumber prices,” said Unifor National Representative, Stephen Boon.
EACOM’s Ear Falls Sawmill hired 12 employees in August, when the mill expanded production from four days to give days a week. Kenora Forest Products is looking to hire 15 to 20 new employees for their new seven day production week. KFP staff and management held a hiring fair in Kenora yesterday.
"Most of Ontario's sawmill industry was shuttered after the 2008 housing crash and many of these operations were almost written off. It is extremely gratifying to see both of these operations thriving 10 years later and providing over 250 well paying mill jobs in Ear Falls and Kenora."
The Collective Agreement at Kenora Forest Products states that employees will see between 9 to 10 per cent wage increases in the final three years of their current contracts, which are set to expire in 2021.
Prendiville Industries bought the property in 1994, only to shut it down indefinitely in 2008, due to the lack of demand during the last recession. The sawmill underwent extensive renovations, before it reopened in early 2016.