J.D. Irving, Limited Wants to Purchase 9% More Private Wood this Year

Further Increases Expected as Mill Modernizations Completed.

April 14, 2014 (SAINT JOHN, NB): J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) intends to purchase 9% more wood from private woodlot owners and wood producers than it did last year.

This follows a 25 year record for private wood purchases by the company.  In the 2013-14 operating year, JDI mills purchased 682,000m3 of NB private wood – the largest volume since 1989.  

J.D. Irving, Limited has shared its purchase plan for 2014-15 with the seven NB Forest Products Marketing Boards, the NB Federation of Woodlot Owners and the Department of Natural Resources.  The plan confirms the company wants to purchase 740,000m3 – a 9% increase over what JDI bought last year.  Achieving this plan would be the biggest purchase volume from private woodlot owners in JDI’s history.  

“Private woodlot owners have always – and continue to be - a vital part of the supply chain to sustain mill jobs across New Brunswick.  The 58,000m3 increase in wood volumes we want to purchase this year from private producers is the best proof of our commitment,” said Brent Thompson, Director of Wood Procurement for J.D. Irving, Limited.  “We appreciate the efforts of almost 700 private woodlot owners and producers who supplied us last year and look forward to working with them in 2014 to achieve this year’s target.  Competitive mills provide stable markets for private wood producers.  In 2015, sawmill modernizations will create added market opportunities.”
 
Today, JDI is actively buying stumpage from private woodlots.

The company offers:
• Certified forestry practices and fully trained supervisors and contractors.
• Variety of harvesting methods to meet landowner’s objectives.
• Competitive pricing on all wood products or lump sum payment.
• All necessary haul roads built or repaired, as required.

Private woodlot owners interested in a management or purchase agreement are encouraged to contact:

1-855-WOODLOT
www.JDIWoodProducers.com

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CONTACT: Mary Keith
J.D. Irving, Limited
(506) 632-5122