New Brunswick-based company to open wood treatment plant in province

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Henry Walthert, left, executive director of Wood Preservative Canada, is joined at a table by David Harris, vice-president of sales and marketing for Marwood Ltd., during an annual general meeting and conference Tuesday.

By Adam Harnum Star

Staff Writer

A New Brunswick company is now diversifying the forestry industry on the east coast.

David Harris, vice-president of sales and marketing for Marwood Ltd. — which has been in the lumber treating business since the 1960s in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — was in attendance at the Canadian Institute of Forestry conference Tuesday afternoon at the Pepsi Centre Studio to talk about his new treatment plant to the province.

Harris, as well as other colleagues, were invited to the conference as new business community members to provide information on a new lumber treatment plant set to open next month in Jamestown, a village northeast of Clarenville.

The plant in Jamestown had run tests in August and plans to begin a full line of operation in October. Marwood is optimistic about the prospects which the province has to offer to the exporting market.

Harris said the new plant can utilize the Newfoundland’s growing material of lumber, while also be of support to the lower number of saw mills which remain in service throughout the province.

“We also intend to export some of the under-utilized species of wood off of Newfoundland to our value-added plants in Fredericton (N.B.) and Nova Scotia, where we would manufacture them into value-added products such as fence panels and lattice panels, which will be exported into the United States and Europe,” he said.

One of the newest products — which the company is hoping to bring to the new plant in Jamestown, was introduced at the conference in the form of a presentation by Crawford Dewar.

“We have a licensing agreement for a new bridge technology and this is laminated wood encapsulated with fibreglass, so you get a product that is many times stronger than concrete at a greatly reduced weight and can be installed in about one-fifth of the time,” said Harris.

In addition to lower weight and lower cost, this new technology also greatly reduces environmental impact, which Harris says is due to the limited amount of time spent in the river bed area.

“We’re doing our first bridge in Nova Scotia as we speak,” he said.

adam.harnum@thewesternstar.com

Organizations: Canadian Institute of Forestry, Pepsi Centre Studio

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Jamestown Newfoundland Clarenville Fredericton United States Europe

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  • DIZZY
    September 19, 2013 - 15:56

    So David and real westcoaster, you are pro fracking I assume and feel its not been given a far shake here. What we should do is close down Gros Morne Park and let it get leveled so we can drill for the oil, also put a Rig off in middle of Bay of Islands, off Lark harbour and Cox's Cove. is that what will make you happy? And then when all the natural beauty that draws thousands of people here is gone and the people stop visiting you will be happy because we got the oil boys!!!! I'm pretty sure people here aren't completely anti development but lets make sure we don't lose what we got. But lets get the oil!!!!

  • real westcoaster
    September 18, 2013 - 16:26

    No David, this will happen, because it's on the east coast where people welcome industry unlike the BOOMING west coast with all our tourism and stuff.

  • david
    September 18, 2013 - 07:25

    Wood treatment!? Ooooooh, we won't let that happen to our precious environment here, will we? There will be all sorts of secret chemicals and fumes and noise and god knows what else!! Stop the insanity! Tourism and EI for everyone!