Forest Industry News

Mike Manojlovic remembered for pioneering spirit, perseverance

The Council of Forest Industries joins the rest of the interior forest industry in celebrating the life and achievements of Manjolo (Mike) Manojlovic. “Nechako Mike” as he was known, passed away January 27, 2015 on his 85th birthday.

“From humble beginnings, Mr. Manojlovic was determined to leave a legacy for his family,” said James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “He did more than that. He left a legacy of innovation for a whole industry, one that the company he leaves behind continues to build upon to this day.”

Mike emigrated to Canada in 1961 and immediately set about establishing a life for himself in his adopted country. After landing in Vancouver, he soon headed north to seek his future. A friendship with Lloyd Larsen Sr. in Prince George resulted in the founding of PG Studs. That was followed by a move to Vanderhoof where, along with Bob Stewart and Ivan Andersen, Manojlovic and Larsen purchased Nechako Lumber and helped build L&M Lumber, along with Torral Scott.

The two companies have been leaders in small log stud lumber manufacturing ever since. Most recently, they added energy to their portfolio, with the creation of Premium Pellet and, later, Nechako Green Energy. “Nechako Mike” was instrumental in each of the business developments that led the company to where it is today. He retired in 2010.

Report Reaffirms BC Forest Industry Remains a Leading Contributor to Provincial Economy

economic_impact_study_2015FEBRUARY, 5 2015 VANCOUVER: An economic impact report by international consulting firm MNP shows the continuing importance of the forest industry to the province of B.C.

The report, commissioned by a group of industry trade associations representing every region of the province, and endorsed by Resource Works Society, shows the forest products manufacturing industry is still a mainstay of the provincial economy from Victoria to Fort St. John, and remains the economic driver of at least 40 per cent of the province’s communities and the people who live in them.

“Forestry in B.C. has evolved quickly over the past decades into a modern, innovative and high tech industry. In addition to being an economic driver and job provider to coastal communities, Coast Forest Products Association member companies are innovative and dedicated to practicing and constantly finding ways to improve sustainability,” said Rick Jeffery, President and CEO of Coast Forest Products Association.

Jobs, revenues to government, economic trickle-down to communities, innovation and sustainability: all are highlighted in the MNP report, which puts hard numbers to the ongoing story of the forest industry as an economic leader in B.C.

“The Council of Forest Industries and its member companies believe it’s vital to have the latest measures of BC forestry in order for British Columbians to understand the importance of the industry as we jointly map the province’s path forward,” commented James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “Our aim is to build a globally competitive and sustainable forest industry to the benefit of those of us here today and for generations to come.”

“ILMA members are innovative, family-owned mills that have deep ties to their communities, and this report tells the story of the huge economic impact of the forest industry” said Jim Hackett, President of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association.

Highlights of the MNP report include:
• The BC forest industry contributes $12 billion annually to the provincial GDP.
• 146,000 jobs in BC depend on a healthy forest industry.
• 1 in 16 jobs in BC is tied to the forest industry, and 40% of BC’s regional economies are dependent on forestry.
• BC is the largest producer of softwood lumber in Canada (52%).
• BC is the largest producer of bioenergy in North America.
• 23% of all rail traffic in BC is forest products.
• 8.5% of all cargo shipments through Port Metro Vancouver are forest products.
• 60% of all BC Hydro’s industrial revenues come from the forest industry.

The MNP report has been endorsed by Resource Works Society, an independent not-for-profit whose mission is to raise awareness among British Columbians of the importance of the province’s resource sectors to their individual well-being.

“The forest industry sends $2.5 billion annually in revenues to the three levels of government to provide the services we all depend on – education, health care and social services,” “ said Stewart Muir, Executive Director of Resource Works. “We believe that British Columbians should be aware of this information and so we will be helping to ensure British Columbians hear this story as it continues to unfold.

“When we hear that 150,000 British Columbians depend on the BC forest industry for their livelihoods and that the industry has earned a reputation as a world leader in sustainability, we believe that this deserves to be widely understood and supported,” added Muir.

Download: BC Forest Industry Economic Impact Study

Ross Gorman’s legacy remembered by the BC Interior forest industry

October 18th, 2014 – It was with a heavy heart that leaders of the BC Interior forest industry learned of the passing of Ross Gorman on Friday, October 18.

“Ross was committed to the company he and his brother built from the day they fired up their first sawmill to the very end, visiting the mill in West Kelowna almost every day for the past 60 years,” said James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries (no relation to Ross Gorman). “Ross, along with his brother John, was a pioneer in the industry whose legacy will be one of community, loyalty and value.”

Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. has specialized in creating added value from BC’s naturally-abundant resources since it was founded by Ross and his brother John in 1953. But the Gorman reputation extends far beyond the manufacturing of boards from timber. It is one built on a strong work-ethic, customer and employee loyalty, and the company’s and family’s endless contributions to their community.

“All of us working in forestry in BC today owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Gorman and the whole Gorman family for the role they played and continue to play in establishing the world-leading industry we have today. The strong values and culture of Gorman Bros. are well known across our industry,” said COFI Board Chair Ted Seraphim.

Gorman Bros. employs over 300 people at its West Kelowna mill, with over 1,000 employees in total at its Southern Interior operations.

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Cam McAlpine
Director of Communications and Engagement

News Release – Trade mission honours work to rebuild Japan in earthquake aftermath

TOKYO, JAPAN – A ceremony marking efforts to help reconstruct communities impacted by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami was a highlight of a busy day for B.C.’s Forestry Asia Trade Mission.

The ceremony, which included the presentation of a plaque commemorating joint effort to build a centre for people with physical and mental disabilities, was followed by trade mission delegates presenting awards in the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association’s design competition.

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News Release – B.C.’s lumber industry celebrates 40 years in Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN – Delegates from British Columbia’s 2014 Forestry Asia Trade Mission helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canada Wood Office and the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) establishing a presence in Japan.

Coincidental with the anniversary, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism announced its award for a 9,000 square metre, five-storey elderly care facility in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. Once completed, the building will be the largest wood building of its kind in Japan. It will feature a Midply shear wall system developed by FPInnovations and the University of British Columbia.

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Statement – Governments unveil new model for Port Metro Vancouver’s Container Trucking Industry

VICTORIA, Oct. 15, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada’s Transport Minister, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, and B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister the Honourable Todd Stone today issued the following joint statement to unveil a new model for the container trucking industry serving Port Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

“Port Metro Vancouver, as Canada’s largest port, handling over 130 million tonnes of cargo each year, is critical to the local and national economy. Today we are announcing key actions that will move port operations forward, allowing us to leverage the substantial investments that have been made to expand the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and further enhance Port Metro Vancouver’s truly world class position.

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Council of Forest Industries Welcomes Interfor

Interfor Corporation will join the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), effective January 1, 2015.
“We are pleased to welcome Interfor to COFI,” President and CEO James Gorman said today. “Interfor has a long history in our province, and brings immense knowledge, respect and insight — further strengthening the voice for British Columbia’s interior forest industry.”
“We look forward to supporting COFI in raising awareness of the value of our sector across British Columbia to ensure forest policies support our industry and the communities that rely on us,” said Interfor President and CEO Duncan Davies. “It will complement our membership in the Coast Forest Products Association, giving us a strategic position for all of our of BC operations.”
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2014 Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award winners showcase passion and appreciation for wood in local government projects.

Elected officials from five B.C. local government associations were honoured today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Whistler, as Wood WORKS! BC presented the 2014 Community Recognition Awards. The awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood use in public structures. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.

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COFI Tokyo Technical Director Receives Dr. Sugiyama Award

Japan Timber Engineering Society (JTE) today presented Hidehiko Fumoto with the 2014 Dr. Hideo Sugiyama Award for contributions to the Japanese timber engineering industries. Hidehiko Fumoto, Deputy Director & Manager Technical Services of the Canada Wood/Council of Forest Industries Canada (COFI), is the first recipient who belongs to a non-Japanese organization. The award was presented by JTE Fund Management Committee Chair Dr. Ando at a special ceremony at Yayoi Hall in University of Tokyo.

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Free training seminars on preventing fires and explosions in wood products manufacturing facilities

Combustible dusts pose a risk of fire and explosion when specific conditions exist. Awareness of these conditions is the first step towards establishing an effective combustible dust hazard control program. It is critical that the management and staff of sawmills and other wood products manufacturing facilities gain knowledge in the area of hazard recognition, evaluation and analysis of potential explosion situations, and the steps required to eliminate the potential of a fire or explosion.

This free seminar is provided by WorkSafeBC and is strongly supported by COFI.

In this seminar, you will learn how to apply and interpret NFPA 664, the National Fire Protection Association’s standard for the prevention of fires and explosions in wood processing and woodworking facilities. The seminar will cover the following topics:

• Explosion fundamentals
• Evaluating dust explosion hazards
• Fire and explosion hazard control
• Safety management standards
• NFPA standards
• Explosion protection and prevention methods

Seminar information

There are 3 separate sessions. All sessions are from 8am to 5pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Date: May 22:
Location: Prince George Civic Centre (808 Canada Games Way, Prince George – Rooms 205 & 206)

Date: May 28:
Location: Best Western Kelowna Hotel (2402 Hwy 97 North, Kelowna – Okanagan/Nicola room)

Date: May 29:
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond – Cedarbridge room)

NFPA training is accredited through the International Association of Continuing Education & Training (IACET). Seminar participants will receive a certificate of attendance documenting the class title and the number of IACET Continuing Education Units earned for attending the class. Each student will also receive a copy of the 2012 edition of NFPA 664, a student workbook with diagrams and exercises, seminar bag, and a calculator.

To register, email your name, company name, phone number, and email address to Betty-Ann at . Each session is limited to just 25 participants, so register by no later than May 14 to reserve your spot.