Current Events

The latest news and happenings at Newcastle Timber

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September 23rd was National Tree Day! It was also very rainy and windy but that didn't stop us from a good ol' fashioned tree planting at the new and soon-to-be-complete office. Happy National Forest Week!

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In recognition of National Forest Week (Sept 21-27), North Island Employment (NIEFS) will be hosting a Forestry Employer Forum on Friday, September 25th from 10am-12pm.  As one of the largest employers on the North Island this is your chance to find out about jobs in the industry. Learn about interesting career paths and gain insight on how to apply for specific positions. Newcastle Timber will be represented there as well as Holbrook Dyson Logging and others. Previous employers presenting included Western Forest Products, Interfor and Strategic Natural Resources.

 

On behalf of the management of Newcastle Timber Ltd., we would like to extend our best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.

 

2014 has proven to be a very busy year although again WFP did not start us delivering logs until early June, which is becoming a major challenge for the company to keep our crews working continuously through the year. As well, it is very difficult to attract workers with the prospect of only 6-7 months of employment. The Holberg project for Probyn did allow some Newcastle employees the opportunity to work in the spring. Newcastle continues to look for winter opportunities to maintain continuity of operations.

 

Despite the late start, Newcastle finished up in the Upper Adams and Kim Creek in blocks started in 2013. Fortunately, the remainder of the year’s operations were focused in the various blocks in the Kunnum. This made life a lot easier for mobilizing equipment and drastically reduced John’s travel. As well, the company met WFP’s production targets and quality goals. All in all it turned out to be a pretty good year even though operations were shutdown for August due to fire hazard.

 

In March, WFP honoured logging contractors that had achieved an MIR of 0 in 2013 at a banquet in Courtenay. Both HDL and Newcastle received plaques recognizing their safety achievement. Unfortunately, we had a serious incident in June when a Hooktender was injured. He is continuing with rehab through WorkSafeBC and it is hoped he can return to regular duties in the New Year.

 

Safety, as always, continues to be the prime focus of Newcastle and we commend our employees for making safety a priority and looking out for one another, especially the new/young workers that have been employed at the operations over the past year. Again we scored high marks on the BC Forest Safety Council audit. Thank you to everyone for continuing to make Newcastle a safe place to work!

 

For the fourth straight year we suffered a heat/fire hazard shutdown that lasted over a month. The shutdown was great for enjoying summer activities, but not so well for maintaining consistency of the operations. Fortunately, we had a very productive Fall and will meet our production targets thanks to the diligence of our crews and the weather cooperating.

 

As well, the United Steelworkers settled a 5 year Coast Master Logging Agreement (2014-2019) with WFP and Forest Industrial Relations (FIR) members. The agreement will provide employees with wage increases of 13%, bonus payments of $3,400 and benefit increases over the 5 years. This should provide labour stability and hopefully attract new workers to the industry.

 

It is anticipated 2015 will again be a busy year. While WFP has announced two mill shutdowns in the past 6 months, these shutdowns should not affect production at the MIFO Division. There is still hope the supercycle for lumber will come, but that is probably still a few years away.

 

Thank you to our employees for your efforts in 2014 to make Newcastle a great place to work.

 

We wish you and your families a healthy and safe New Year!

 

 

Our office will be closed July 3rd in lieu of the holiday.

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Phone: 250-287-2513 Fax: 250-287-9259