Irving to build new sawmill in Ashland, US

13 January 2014

Canada-based J. D. Irving said its plan to build a new softwood sawmill near Ashland in US is progressing as planned and hiring for the mill is currently going on.

In August 2013, the company's sawmill division announced that it is planning to invest around $30m in the new softwood mill, which is expected to create about 60 permanent jobs.

J. D. Irving communications vice president Mary Keith was quoted by as saying that the company's construction and hiring plans for the new softwood sawmill near Ashland are coming along as expected.

As of early January, the firm has hired seven permanent sawmill employees for its Ashland facility, according to Keith.

Currently, the company is hiring for millwrights and electricians, along with boiler operators, while remaining four staff positions will be filled in February and March, following operations positions in April and May.

Irving, which operates about dozen sawmills, has mills in New Brunswick, Clair and Saint-Leonard.