Despite very cold weather, test running of the Babine sawmill is in full gear. Construction crews have been reduced by as much as 75% and are working on small components of the project and a long “punch list” of items needing further attention.
Babine hourly employees completed two weeks of in-class training last month and began hands-on job station training mid-month February. The mill is running a single shift with two operators at every station with supervisory assistance on the floor daily as employees train and become familiarized with new equipment. The planer is scheduled to start up later this month and recall has begun for planer employees.
The log yard crew continues operating the new material handler to deal with high daily log deliveries. A second material handler will be added early in March.
We have a safe beginning to our new operations and have hired two counselors for employees to ease the transition of returning to work in the new mill.
Babine partners, Hampton and the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation appreciate this joint effort by our employees, vendors, and contractors and the community. We believe 2014 will be a safe and successful year for our B.C. operations and we are excited to start shipping lumber to customers.