Transition seamless in Canoe mill takeover

Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. of Westbank has completed its purchase of the Federated Co-operatives Ltd. forest products operation in Canoe.

The sale is final and, apparently, seamless.

With the announcement that Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. of Westbank has completed its purchase of the Federated Co-operatives Ltd. forest products operation in Canoe, comes little or no change.

“The purchase agreement provides that all employees will be offered employment by Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. on substantially the same terms and conditions as their present employment,” states the news release announcing the acquisition.

The sale includes Federated’s plywood plant, sawmill and log harvesting and forestry operations within the Okanagan Timber Supply Area surrounding Shuswap Lake.

Although rumours have circulated that the planer might re-open, Rick Scott, Gorman Bros.’ chief financial officer, says no.

“We’re not planning on expanding the operation. The planer will not be operated. Possibly the kilns will be used, but they only take one or two people.”

The sawmill hasn’t operated since Dec. 21, 2007, due to unfavourable market conditions.

Scott said the words ‘substantially the same’ in the news release referring to the terms of conditions of employment, means people are receiving the same wages as before.

“Yes, definitely. Things are 99 per cent the same.”

Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. operates lumber production facilities in Westbank and Revelstoke and a pole division in Lumby.

Scott says Gorman Bros. will be spending time making sure the Canoe operation is in synch with the way the other Gorman facilities run.

 

“It’s already very close to it,” he said of Federated in Canoe. “There are so many similarities to how we do things and how they’re done in Canoe. It’s going to be a joy.”

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Shuswap golfer’s hole-in-one earns bragging rights and $500

Glenn Ford aces hole at Shuswap Lake Estates sponsored by Copper Island Fine Homes

Adams Lake band celebrates long-awaited, much-needed housing project

New subdivision to provide jobs and training while accommodating band members wishing to return home

Morning Start: There is a Hot Pink Lake in Australia

Your morning start for Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

School District #83 asked to partner on proposed Sicamous sports complex

District of Sicamous wishes to apply for $600,000 infrastructure project grant

Majority of Salmon Arm shoppers aren’t objecting to mandatory masks

Two of the businesses requiring masks say most customers don’t mind but one person spit at employee

B.C.’s top doctor thanks supporters after revealing threats over COVID-19 measures

Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 has caused some people to lash out in anger and frustration out of fear

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

NDP, Greens divided on pace of child care improvements in B.C. election campaign

NDP Leader John Horgan recommitted to $10-a-day child care and blamed the Greens for not supporting his efforts

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Kamloops Mounties happened upon alleged gang-related robbery, kidnapping

Michael Mathieson is charged with armed robbery, unlawful confinement and kidnapping

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Interior Health reports five new COVID-19 cases

Across the region, 34 cases are active

Vanderhoof’s Brian Frenkel takes on top job in tough times

We can get through this, new local government leader says

Most Read