Community watching new owners of Spray Lakes Sawmills carefully

By Editorial Board
The Cochrane Eagle
September 17, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

COCHRANE, Alberta — With the news this week that longstanding Cochrane company Spray Lakes Sawmills was selling out to British Columbia-based company the West Fraser Timber, many in the community are left wondering what this means for the future. The 80-year-old, family-owned company has contributed so much to the economic and social fabric of Cochrane that in many ways its influence, especially on the early development of the town, is incalculable. …It is hoped that new owners will have the same regard for the community the Mjolsnes family has had. …The signs on the surface seem somewhat positive in that regard in that West Fraser Timber Company was also founded as a family business, but the fact it is also now a major multinational company and that tends to change the DNA of community connection.

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