First Nation sawmill operation eyes expansion – Northern Ontario Business

by ahnationtalk on October 12, 2017226 Views

Lac Seul lumber mill studies value-added, bigger markets

A northwestern Ontario First Nation is exploring avenues on how to expand its thriving sawmill operation and delve into more value-added manufacturing.

A small four-employee multi-dimensional lumber mill on the large reserve, north and west of Sioux Lookout, has been busy serving needs of the community, nearby Sioux Lookout, and many area tourism outfitter camps.

“The rough sawn lumber is going out the door fast,” said Bert Hennessey, general manager of Obishikokaang Resources Corporation (ORC). “It’s just the (operating) margins aren’t the best.”

The corporation is shepherding along a plan to expand into a two-sawmill operation offering a wider array of forest product offerings.

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