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Large transition in workforce at

West Fraser Mills creates opportunities

by Deanna Mitchener

Wendy Holuboch,
executive director for
t h e C h a m b e r o f
Commerce welcomed
Rod Goldie and Bruce
Alexander with West
Fraser Mills Ltd. to
speak at the meeting
held on September 12.
Alexander is the CUSTOM HOME DECOR
wood manager of the AND FASHION
mills in Hinton and Marina Baudin
Edson. Ph: 780-725-2004
General manager,
Rod Goldie, said, "Our
company has been
around for many years
Photo: Deanna Mitchener
but recently was Rob Goldie and Brusce Alexander with West Fraser Wood Products
purchased through West
Fraser. It was founded
by three brothers, Pete, Goldie gave a slide "Over the next such as branches, bark, PSALES SERVICE P INSTALLATIONS PSHEET METAL
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West Fraser with us. We management program Alexander said, use that heat to dry our
are primarily focused and we promote all our "The pulp mill is lumber rather than
on wood and have 29 employees from within. continuously looking at using natural gas," said
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Mountain Pine Beetle causes concern Beautiful Koda is a
one year old
Lab/Collie waiting for
her forever home.
by Deanna Mitchener you would go in and harvest a larger area. Every
winter we have been addressing local populations Koda is a friendly
Bruce Alexander wood manager for the Hinton that we have found in the area," said Alexander. girl who is good with
kids and dogs. She
and the Edson Mill answered questions on the "Our wood gets logged in the winter months and has not been tested
Mountain Pine beetle situation in the area at the delivered to the mill. So as long as the wood is with cats.
September 12 chamber meeting. manufactured before June 30th, the beetle stays in She is looking for a
Alexander said, "The mountain pine beetle is one the wood, until summertime when it flies. So home with a fenced
of the most destructive pests in our pine forests. It is essentially we have eliminated that population yard and active
an interesting question in the sense we do not want to base," said Alexander. family to share much
cause panic as we do not have a lot of beetle invested "I am more concerned this year, because if you fun and adventure
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