West Fraser Timber’s Hinton Mill transition going as planned

The Jasper Fitzhugh
February 2, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

HINTON, Alberta — The Hinton Pulp Mill has successfully transitioned according to plan, moving from a two-line Northern bleached softwood Kraft pulp mill to a single-line unbleached Kraft pulp mill. …“Thanks to the commitment and ingenuity of employees, the safe and timely transition was completed by mid-October,” said Joyce Wagenaar, director of communications at West Fraser. The move was announced in April 2022… by CEO Ray Ferris in a statement. Since then, staffing levels were managed through “retirements, natural attrition and placements at other West Fraser facilities. “This strategy enabled West Fraser to reduce staffing levels at Hinton Pulp from 345 positions to 270 without laying off a single employee.” …Wagenaar stated that it is still too early to quantify the environmental benefits of the change in processes. Other environmental benefits of the transition are expected to include an estimated 35 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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