What's New

Jul 11, 2017

*Candidate must live near, or be willing to relocate to, our Saskatchewan operations*

THE QUALIFICATIONS:

Working out of our Big River mill, the Certified Electrician will be a detail oriented individual with a proactive attitude.  They will have the ability to work well with others and should be a motivated self-starter who is comfortable working alone.  The ideal candidate must be ready to learn and embrace new concepts.  Sawmill and PLC/VFD experience would be an asset. The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Interprovincial Journeyman ticket

  • Qualified Electrical Worker certification

  • Experience in manufacturing environment is an asset

  • Safe work habits

THE DUTIES:

  • Troubleshoot, repair, and change components on  Sawmill, Planer mill and Dry kiln equipment

  • Work with PLCs, VFDs and motor control

  • Work as part of a team

  • Required to work shift work

  • Training will be available for the right candidate

  

Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to resumes@carrierforestproducts.ca or fax: 250-569-9371.  Deadline to apply is July 28, 2017.  We thank all those who apply, but only qualified applicants will be contacted. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Jun 26, 2017

Reg Foot of Carrier Lumber was honoured this week as the BCWLA named him the 2017 BCWLA Lumberman of the Year. We are very proud of Reg's accomplishment and his dedication to Carrier. These are excerpts from Reg's interview from harder.blog's Paul Harder.

1. How did you get into the business?
Started playing squash with Terry Kuzma (previous Carrier Lumber’s Woodlands Manager) about 20 years ago and he asked if I would ever be interested in a career change.. the rest is history.

2. When did you join Carrier Lumber and how long have you been Lumber Sales Manager?
Joined Carrier in September ’99 under the direction of Ron Gettling, Sales Manager and became sales manager in April, 2002.

3. Any mentors?
Absolutely.. Gord Wilkinson – my first sales manager when I was in newspaper advertising sales. Gord gave me my first break into sales and taught me some foundational sales techniques that I still practice today. Curt Garland, President of Lomak Bulk Carriers Corp – this was my second job in sales. Curt was instrumental in helping me transition from retail sales to an industrial sales environment. Ron Gettling, retired sales manager of Carrier Lumber. Ron taught me the finer points of mill lumber sales and its time-honoured traditions.

4. Others besides bloggers who have had a positive influence on your career?
My wife Sylvia, for supporting me throughout all the trials and tribulations of the lumber industry and for being my soundboard on the challenging days and helping me stay focused. Bill Kordyban, President of Carrier Lumber, for showing me resiliency, loyalty, and calmness in spite of some major market challenges.

5. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the industry?
Technology has really advanced the way we manufacture lumber, allowing us to be competitive in very challenging markets. As far as lumber sales, technology has changed the way we confirm orders, but thankfully it has not replaced the power of a customer-mill relationship. I hope that never happens.

6. What’s the most exotic destination you have shipped lumber to? 
Mongolia

 

 


May 9, 2017

Carrier Lumber Ltd. participated this year in the Northern Lights Estate Winery's 2017 Climb for Cancer. We had over 30 employees, family and friends participate. The event itself raised over $25 000, with all proceeds being donated to the Kordyban Lodge here in Prince George.

The facility acts as a home away from home for family and loved ones of patients undergoing cancer treatment at the Univeristy Hospital of Northern British Columbia. The Canadian Cancer Society has found that a welcoming, caring environment helps meet the practical and emotional needs of those in treatment for cancer away from home.


Dec 8, 2016
Participating for the first time, Carrier Lumber and Carrier Forest Products employees banded together this Movember to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Together, they raised more than $600 for the Movember Foundation. Their goal is to participate again in 2017 and exceed 2016's donation by 50%.
 
 
Top row (left to right): Matthew Parker (CFP); Tom Friars (CFP); James Kordyban (CL)
 
Bottom row (left to right): Brendan Anatole (CL); Reg Foot (CL); Bill Kordyban (CL); Dan van Straten (CFP)

Dec 1, 2016

Passing with a 94% rating during our OHS Audit, the Bar K Ranch becomes the first small ranching operation in BC to earn the prestigious 'Certificate of Recognition' from AgSafe Canada.

Ranch employees accepting the AgSafe recognition award.

 

Installing the new plaque at the Bar K gate

 

Bar K bulls getting their feed on a snowy day

 


Nov 8, 2016

Carrier Forest Products Ltd. was nominated for the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership's Exporter of the Year Award.

We finished in the top 5 international exporters for all of Saskatchewan based on an adjudication of:

  • the introduction of new products/services into new markets
  • a significant increase in export sales
  • a high ratio of export sales to total sales
  • a positive impact on the community through job creation 

Please see Carrier Forest Products Ltd's video located here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow0VrUeIrSY) to see our Big River operations highlighted for the award.

 

 

  


Sep 19, 2016

Some of the ladies (pictured below) from Head Office toured Tabor's sawmill and planer earlier this month. The tour provided opportunities to see firsthand where the data and information received at Head Office comes from. It also provided insights into the size of our operations, recent technological advancements at the mill, and expertise that each Tabor employee has related to lumber manufacturing.

From left to right: Lisa and Jennifer (Accounts Payable); Madison (Administration); Randi (HSE Manager); Carolyn (Payroll); Courtney (Reception); and SuIn (Accounting).

 

 


Mar 18, 2016

James Kordyban & Caitlin Roch (pictured below) recently attended CNC's NorthWorks Career Fair.  The event was successful and Carrier would love to welcome all of the potential new employees we encountered.

Carrier recogonizes the value of having great educational facilities in Prince George and would like to commend all the hard working students.

 


Dec 2, 2015

Carrier Lumber LTD would like to thank all of the people who visited our booth at NAWAL 2015.  The show was a success and we welcome all the opportunities it brought for 2016.

 


Apr 10, 2015

 Our new Gilbert planer boasts an impressive 32 cutting knives and can potentially double the speed at which our previous planer operated.  The new planer produces a smooth, glass-like finish, which is a perfect fit for Carrier's Premium 2 and better.


Oct 1, 2014

 

Follow the links to see the full PDF documents:

Audit of Forest Planning and Practices

Audit of Forest Planning and Practices (Results)

 

 

 

 

 


Aug 29, 2014

 

The good people at AFA Forest Products - Kelowna took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  Check out these pictures featuring beautiful Carrier Lumber LTD stock.

 

From left to right: Aaron Chisholm, Cherie Sheridan, Wayne Mattioda, Ron Green


 


Jun 9, 2014

"The start-up of the sawmill in Big River, Saskatchewan—with its annual production target of 250 million board feet of lumber—is big news for the Carrier Group of Companies, and the community."

-Logging and Sawmilling Journal

Carrier Forest Products LTD has been featured in the May, 2014 edition of the Logging & Sawmilling Journal.  The article chronicles the re-opening of the Big River Mill and is highlighted by an interview with our President, William Kordyban.


Jun 9, 2014

Check out our gallery of recently taken aerial shots of the Big River Mill, located South of Big River, SK.

 


May 19, 2014


 

BIG RIVER, Sask. – The official reopening of the province’s largest saw mill took place Tuesday morning in Big River, Saskatchewan.

The refurbished mill northwest of Prince Albert currently employs about 90 people with another dozen workers on the way.

Saskatchewan Economy Minister Boyd says the mill closed in 2006 due, in part, to the housing market overseas and in the United States at the time.

He says layoffs were very tough on the community and Tuesday was a very happy day for Big River.

 Refurbished sawmill almost ready to for business after 2006 shut down. Big River sawmill prepares to recommence operations

B.C.-based Carrier Forest Products announced in 2011 that it was establishing a new saw mill and planer mill development after purchasing the old mill from its previous owner.

Premier Brad Wall says the up and running Big River saw mill will account for over 40 per cent of Saskatchewan’s lumber production capacity.

The mill has a capacity to produce 250 million board feet worth of lumber annually.

“We are pleased with the support from the Government of Saskatchewan in working to ensure a long-term timber supply and facilitating educational assistance of $500,000 for skilled labour and operator training,” said Bill Kordyban, Carrier Forest Products president.

Over 250 harvesting, trucking and reforestation jobs are expected to be created through a multiplier effect.

Piller, T (2014, May 14) Rebirth of Saw Mill in Big River, Saskatchewan, Globalnews.ca


 


Mar 12, 2014

 

Vancouver's NSDA Architects is the winner of the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Award, handed out Monday, March 3rd as part of the 10th annual Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm is being recognized for its innovative use of wood certified to the SFI Standard in the new Kordyban Lodge, a Canadian Cancer Society care facility located in Prince George, BC.

"It's an honour to receive this inaugural award and be recognized by both SFI and the Wood WORKS! BC program for NSDA's work on the Kordyban Lodge," says Jerry Doll, Partner at NSDA. "We are continually striving to create spirited and innovative architecture that showcases wood at its finest while responding thoughtfully to community needs." 

The lodge, which contains wood products from certified sources the majority of which are certified to the SFI standard, provides a comfortable and peaceful 'home away from home' for cancer patients and their caregivers. The stunning wood building spans 25,000 square feet and includes 36 beds, a meditation room, lounge, family room, massage therapy room and more.

It's widely known that the use of wood products in buildings of this nature goes a long way towards improving the mental wellbeing of patients, who are exposed to natural materials during their treatment process.

Wood certified to the SFI Standard used in the facility includes several products supplied by the Sinclair Group of Companies and Winston Global Lumber Ltd., including engineered roof trusses, pre-fabricated walls, studs, sheathing plywood, and LVL.

"Kordyban Lodge is a showcase of the warmth, beauty, versatility and durability of wood from sustainably managed forests," says Kathy Abusow, SFI President and CEO. "Future forests require responsible forestry and this project is a prime example of the positive contribution that building with wood from sustainably managed forests can make, particularly in a region where the community is supported by the forestry sector."

As the North American leader in sustainable forest management, SFI supports projects such as the Kordyban Lodge that use renewable, responsibly harvested building materials. SFI acknowledges the important role projects like this play in promoting wood as an economical, environmental and socially responsible building material.


Feb 13, 2014

It was a historic day on January 30, 2014 as Carrier Forest's Big River, SK mill loaded its' first truck to one of our many customers eager to receive high quality lumber. The planer mill started up Nov 26/13 on single shift and is expected to add the second shift later this spring. The mill is able to produce up to 220,000,000 fbm at full production.


Oct 31, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 12:00 PM
By Ted Andrew
Prince George B.C.

This week's forestry trade mission to Asia will see some Northern BC interests brought up.  The President of Interex Forest Products Bruce Pollock will be participating in the Japanese leg of the tour.  Interex represents Carrier and Dunkley Lumber in Prince George.  Pollock says one reason for the trade mission is for market access and development.

"And that would be how do we have our products today fit into the markets in China for example," says Pollock, "which is really a government to government process that has to open the doors and industry is behind them to fill the market needs."

Pollock says the trade mission that goes from the 16th to the 26th will also focus on the humanitarian side of the industry.


Sep 10, 2013

Carrier Forest Product's Big River, SK mill produced its first lift of rough lumber on Tuesday, September 3rd. The mill will produce 2x3 through 2 x 10 8'-16' lumber. The planer is scheduled to start up later in the year.


Jan 31, 2013

Aaron Parent, Carrier Forest Products Ltd., Fabrication Shop Manager is pleased to announce the installation of the new Machitech Plasma cutting machine. The 10'x20" cutting table is able to produce high quality, precision cutting fast and efficiently. No matter how big or small your project is, contact Aaron Parent (aaron@carrierforestproducts.com) for all your fabricating needs.


Jan 15, 2013

Pictured above is Heather Oland, CEO of Initiatives Prince George presenting Exporter of the Year award to Martin Meyer, Administration Manager – Carrier Lumber Ltd.

The Export Award was awarded to a company who has demonstrated excellence in pursuing international market opportunities.

 


Aug 31, 2012

While consistency of our lumber has been one of our hallmarks for years, the new autograding system will continue to ensure we continue to be an industry leader in the manufacturing of quality lumber. Improved throughput and consistency are the main advantages noted so far.


Aug 30, 2012

Extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior were completed last week to the shipping office. The renovations were widely appreciated by both mill personnel and truck drivers. Don Ramsay, Carrier Lumber’s Shipper noted “The new office complete with enhanced air conditioning makes it a lot more comfortable place to work!”


Aug 28, 2012

In response to the devastating impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle, the Legislative Assembly of BC has appointed a special committee to examine and make recommendations about mid-term timber supply in B.C. Numerous public hearings were held throughout the province to gain feedback from all interested parties. The feedback gained from these meetings are critical on determining the best course of action on timber supply allocations.

The link below is our submission to the committee: Timber Supply Presentation


Jun 19, 2012

Effective June 15, 2012, Carrier Lumber no longer owns and operates Lakeside Reload, a lumber reload facility located in Williams Lake, B.C.


Jan 12, 2012

Effective February 6th, 2012, Carrier Lumber will change from steel to polyester strapping. In addition to the polyester strapping Carrier will begin to use grooved dunnage to prevent breaking of the strapping and to prevent tearing of the lumber wrap.


Nov 18, 2011

Sep 21, 2011

See the attached article in the Prince George Citizen newspaper regarding our 60th Anniversary open house held at our mill in Prince George, B.C. Sept. 17/11:

Read the article - PG Citizen


Sep 21, 2011

Please see the attached article regarding Carrier Forest Products Ltd. purchase of EACOM's dimension mill in Big River, SK:

http://www.panow.com/node/127168


Aug 4, 2011

Please click on the link below to see the fearture article in the paNow.com website:

http://www.panow.com/node/107878