J.D. Irving gets ready for $35 million sawmill expansion

J.D. Irving, one of biggest forest products companies in the US, is set to begin a US$35 million expansion at its New Brunswick sawmill next month, reported Woodworking Network.

The expansion will see the addition of 14,000 square feet of operating space to the mill, as well as new spaces for the planer mill and value-added centre. During the construction, new technology will be installed. The projected aims to be completed by the first quarter of 2021.

“This is home and we have a great team here at Doaktown. We’ve been part of the community for over 30 years,” said Jerome Pelletier, VP sawmills, J.D. Irving, Ltd. “We know how important it is to sustain jobs and support local suppliers in rural New Brunswick,” explains Pelletier. “On completion, this site will be one of the most modern of its kind in North America. From a customer and market perspective, the timing is right.”

J.D. Irving is the sixth-largest landowner in North America – owning 1.25 million acres of land, employing more than 16,000 workers, and running 11 sawmills throughout New Brunswick, Maine, and Nova Scotia. The company’s Dixfield sawmill, located in Western Maine, is the largest producer of Eastern White Pine boards for interior and exterior finish applications, according to the company. Dixfield produces 88 million board feet annually.