2012-09-17

Owners say mill destroyed by explosion in Burns Lake, B.C., will be rebuilt

A northern British Columbia sawmill that was flattened by a deadly explosion will be rebuilt with leading-edge safety measures, but deals must first be finalized to ensure a sufficient timber supply.

Mill owner Hampton Affiliates announced Monday it has decided to reinvest in the Burns Lake, B.C. operation gutted by fire last January, even as its president called lumber availability "precarious" due to the region's pine beetle scourge.

Negotiations with the province and local First Nations are well underway to secure lumber for at least 20 years, said CEO Steve Zika.