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Pair of forestry projects to provide Atikokan area with more than 100 jobs

The former Buchanan Mill outside of Atikokan is now the site of a new $50 million sawmill that is now underway. The project is expected to provide the area with 90 new jobs, and it should be in operation sometime in 2015.
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The former Buchanan Mill outside of Atikokan is now the site of a new $50 million sawmill that is now underway.

The project is expected to provide the area with 90 new jobs, and it should be in operation sometime in 2015.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a new wood pellet facility is also under construction.

Rentech is investing in the $22 million mill that will supply wood pellets to the Atikokan Generating Station.

Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown says that project is expected to add another 20 jobs to the region.

The Rentech facility could be running as early as April 2014.

(CKPR Radio)