Push for Sawmill in Beauval Not Dead

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 13:17



A proposed sawmill for the community of Beauval is a step closer to becoming reality.


North West Communities Wood Products is the driving force behind the proposal, which was pitched to a number of American and Canadian investors during a meeting last week in Regina.


Company consultant Ed Lefeybre says if the mill gets built, it will employ 40 to 50 workers while focusing mainly on the development of pine.


The drive to build a sawmill in Beauval has been ongoing since the late 1990s, when then-premier Roy Romanow was promising a major forestry expansion in northern Saskatchewan.


The softwood lumber dispute and a lack of investors have got in the way of those plans, but Lefeybre is still optimistic a sawmill will be established in Beauval in the near future.


Whenever the mill is built, it will be operated by a new company called Beauval Forest Industries.


Lefeybre hopes to have more details by this summer.