Doaktown Sawmill Expands Product Line and Grows Jobs

April 27, 2016:

DOAKTOWN, NB:  The JDI team at the Doaktown Value Added Center is excited to announce the launch of a new product line this summer.  To meet growing consumer demand, the mill will start producing rough sawn board stained to give a weathered "barn board" look.  

The team has been working on the project since late November 2015 and has recently entered into agreements with several suppliers to procure equipment and plans to be in full production this July.  

Local New Brunswick suppliers of equipment to the new product line include XL Plating, based in Fredericton, as well as Sussex Machine Shop and Shadcomm (control panels and electrical installation) of Miramichi. 

The sawmill has partnered with Gemini Coatings to develop an exclusive finish, which is a water based, environmentally friendly solution. 

Initially, the $425,000 investment in new equipment will be installed within the existing structure.  Up to five new permanent new jobs will be created at the mill with the potential for further growth based on product sales.   The product will be available nationwide in Home Depot stores in this coming autumn.

Detailed engineering is underway for the mill modernization previously announced and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process is underway.  

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Left to right - Brad St. Laurent (Value Added Manager Doaktown Sawmill), Bev Gaston,  Mayor of Doaktown and Philip Munn (Maintenance Manager Doaktown Sawmill) review a sample of the new barn board product to be produced at Doaktown Sawmill this coming July.


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