With cutbacks to the Pulp and Paper Mill in Corner Brook (Newfoundland & Labrador) in 2008, S&N Wood Products Incorporated of Port Hope Simpson suddenly found themselves at the wrong end of the stick.
Glen Penney hopes to get his logs moving by tug and barge again. (Photo: Clarissa Smith/Northern Pen)
The company that has been around since 1998 was struggling to get their logs off the lot after the mill decided they weren’t going to buy any more offshore wood.
“We had to close down but not completely,” company owner Glen Penney said.
“We continued to harvest and sell firewood, but it was nothing compared to the pulp and paper industry.”
Logs used to be trucked and shipped by tug and barge to the mill.
For the time being Mr Penney is back to selling firewood, but he hopes to get the logs moving by tug and barge again.
“We are looking into that market,” he said, “and if we don’t come up with it, I doubt if we’ll be able to stay in the business.”
S&N owns and operates a saw mill in Port Hope Simpson and firewood and slabs are sold by the truck load and delivered anywhere up and down the Southern Labrador coast.
“This year we are trying to get back in the business again and we are hoping we can ship wood by tug and barge again,” Mr Penney said.
“Selling firewood alone is not enough to sustain the business.”