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Hiring has started for proposed Bonfield sawmill

International Wood Industries is seeking candidates for five management positions.

Hiring has commenced to fill management positions at a proposed sawmill to be located in Bonfield, just east of North Bay.

A website is now accessible for International Wood Industries (IWI), the company behind the sawmill, which is currently pursuing a facility licence and the required permits in order to operate the proposed $145-million mill.

If approved, the facility is expected to require about 90 employees when running at full capacity.

According to the new website, which went live this week, IWI is now hiring for the following positions:

  • mill manager;
  • construction manager;
  • wood fibre procurement manager;
  • health, safety and environment manager; and
  • sales and marketing manager.

Details about the requirements for individual positions and how to apply, as well as additional project details, are available on the website.

Plans for the sawmill, which is proposed to be built on a vacant piece of property in Bonfield Township, were announced by Toronto developer Gary Medwid last July.

It calls for a multi-dimensional sawmill operation, which would include drying kilns, a planer mill, a moulder mill, and CNC facilities, with a main processing plant building, an administrative building, and ancillary buildings.

Plans also include the construction of a heavy truck service road and a railroad spur line on the property. The mill will handle hardwood, softwood, and dimensional wood products, and product could be shipped overseas, perhaps as far as China.

Constructed is expected to take place through most of 2018, with a production start date slated for early 2019.