The Arbec sawmill in Port-Cartier will cease operations next fall, barring a change in the situation.
The company no longer has a customer for its by-products, which accumulate on its site since the closure last March of the Resolute pulp mill in Baie-Comeau.
This factory was the main buyer of Arbec chips and sawdust. It is not known when it will resume operations.
The Remabec group, owner of the sawmill, ensures that every effort has been made to avoid this closure, which is not final, said Executive Vice-President, Éric Bouchard.
“We looked at different alternatives all over the world and we were hopeful of concluding a contract with a foreign importer, but in the end it didn’t work out,” he said. We keep looking. “
Unless there is a major change, the Rémabec group announces the end of activities at the end of October.
It was news that many dreaded, but which did not surprise anyone. A total of 200 employees, including 140 union members, are affected.
Faced with this situation, the company is banking more than ever on its integrated complex project which would allow the transformation of by-products from sawing operations, in particular into pellets.
The project, which would create 240 jobs, received strong support on the North Shore.
“Even in all this situation that we are currently living, at least there is a glimmer of hope, there is positive,” declared the national representative of the Unifor union Martin Dugas.
“The key to all of this is going to go through an integrated complex to be able to pass the by-products,” said the mayor of Port-Cartier, Alain Thibault.
The Rémabec group maintains that the completion of the integrated complex will not prevent the sale of by-products to the Resolute plant if it reopens.
Mayor Alain Thibault wants the government to be very attentive to the demands of the Rémabec group to promote the realization of the integrated complex.