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EACOM partners with Habitat for Humanity

Forest products company donating $100,000 in lumber
EACOM staff gathered at the company’s I-joist facility in Sault Ste. Marie to announce a donation of $100,000 in lumber to Habitat for Humanity, which will be used to build affordable, safe housing for low-income earners in projects across Ontario. (Supplied photo)

Canadian forest products company EACOM Timber Corporation is donating $100,000 in lumber to support Habitat for Humanity projects in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Bracebridge, Wiarton and Ottawa.

The company made the announcement on July 12 from its Sault Ste. Marie I-joist plant.

Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organization that helps people attain affordable home ownership. Homeowners pay an interest-free mortgage geared to their income and volunteer 500 hours toward the build, and a team of volunteers help in the construction.

“Habitat’s mission of building safe and respectable homes and giving families hope for a better future resonates with EACOM’s commitment to supporting thriving communities,” said Kevin Edgson, president and CEO of EACOM Timber Corporation, in a news release.

“Our quality Canadian wood products will be put to good use in Habitat homes; that is something our employees can be proud of.”

EACOM business partners Kelsey Trail and Aaron Transportation have offered free-of-charge transport of donated products to Habitat for Humanity’s build sites.

Headquartered in Montréal, EACOM has a production capacity of approximately 900 million board feet of lumber and holds Crown logging rights of approximately 3.5 million cubic metres annually.

The company owns and operates seven sawmills, including five in Northern Ontario – Timmins, Gogama, Ear Falls, Elk Lake, and Nairn Centre – and two in Québec; a remanufacturing facility in Québec; and an engineered I-joist plant in Sault Ste. Marie.

EACOM employs 1,100 people across operations.