Fifty new jobs are coming to Plaster Rock. On Thursday, Twin Rivers Paper Company made the announcement that it’s investing 2.5 million dollars in the mill in the village.
“It means my employment for the next ten years or more is pretty secure,” said Jacques Chamberlain, maintenance superintendent at the mill.
Twin Rivers employees were all smiles after officials from the paper company discussed the infrastructure investment. They’re adding a third production shift to the lumber mill. Premier David Alward says this isn’t just an investment in the mill, but one in the community.
This comes just weeks after the provincial government upgraded their forestry strategy to make it more sustainable and competitive. Forestry is the largest employer in New Brunswick. Right now the mill has 180 employees, this will boost that number to 230.
“We hope to be around for the next century,” said vice president of forestry and sawmill operations Jean-Pierre Grenon.
And officials say this investment will have a ripple effect. They expect it to create 70 to 80 indirect jobs, including in the woods and transport industry.
“What we see here today in New Brunswick is a significant confidence in investing in their companies in their mills, upgrading their mills, modernizing them…because they believe the sector will be strong going forward in our province,” said Premier David Alward.
Wes McLean, M.L.A. for Victoria-Tobique said, “this is about creating jobs in a community that needs them desperately.”
Plaster Rock’s Mayor Alexis Fenner says the mill is the heart of this community.
She says, “it may not seem a great deal to many people in the big cities, but fifty jobs here in this village is like putting 500 in Fredericton or St. John. It’s the first step on a long road to recovery for this province and this village.”
Grenon says hiring for those jobs has started..and he expects the third shift to be running by May.