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Port Hawkesbury mill surpasses milestone: marks two-plus years without a lost time injury

2014-10-31 15:31:00

For Immediate Release, October 31, 2014, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia

 Port Hawkesbury Mill recently celebrated two years in business, since restarting the mill in September 2012; and has surpassed the two year mark of zero lost time workplace injuries.

The company tracks this key metric on a daily basis; it is the measurement of lost time any employee experiences as a result of a workplace injury. This information is also shared daily within the mill, and tracked weekly as a KPI – Key Performance Indicator. In an industrial environment, employees are working in and around heavy and highly technical equipment, moving machinery, steam and electricity.  All of these factors increase the level of risk and reinforces the importance of working safely.

As of today, October 31st, 2014,  PHP has achieved two years and one month lost time injury free; which has never been achieved in the history of mill at Port Hawkesbury (current and previous owners included).

 “There are many benefits to achieving zero lost time and having a positive safety culture,” says Marc Dube, Development Manager, PHP.  Most importantly, our employees go home safely to their families everyday.”

“We’re really proud of our employees.  This milestone is significant in that it places the mill in high standing, not only in the region, but across the country, when compared to other large mills,” says Dube.

The Mill was also recently recognized by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce with the 2014 Excellence in Safety Award. 

Contact: Marc Dube, PHP Development Manager   (902) 227-5299

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Port Hawkesbury Paper partners with Eastern Canada Stevedoring to increase wharf activity

2014-05-20 15:32:00

Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia

(May 20, 2014) Port Hawkesbury Paper LP (PHP) and Eastern Canada Stevedoring (ECS) have partnered to expand business activities on a wharf that is owned by PHP. 

The Maritime based stevedoring organization will serve as sole operator of the wharf.

"This partnership aligns with our focus on creating more opportunity to ensure long term sustainability for the mill," said Marc Dube, Development Manager, PHP, "Our goal is to significantly increase revenue sources for the mill and grow economic and employment opportunities for the local community."

The wharf is located on the shoreline of the mill's site in Port Hawkesbury on the Strait of Canso.   The wharf boasts an 8-metre depth, ice-free conditions, warehouse facilities, external storage space and is assessable to the nearby Trans-Canada Highway and rail line.

"We're excited about this new partnership as it will help create new business opportunities for the region," said Donald Roy, General Manager, "We also see this as a way to promote the various infrastructures in Cape Breton."

ECS brings marketing strength and depth of experience in handling dry, liquid and break bulk in the region and across Canada. They have recently worked on such projects as the Exxon Hebron Project in 2013 where they loaded several supply vessels of specialized offshore cargo. In addition, Eastern Canada Stevedoring is a leader in handling all types of project cargo as well as forest products such as wood pellets, wood pulp, newsprint, lumber, etc.

 

The agreement was recently signed and the marketing team has begun outreach across Canada.

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Contact: Marc Dube, PHP Development Manager   (902) 227-5299

 

About Port Hawkesbury Paper

Port Hawkesbury Paper LP (www.porthawkesburypaper.com) is a forestry operations and paper mill in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.  Port Hawkesbury Paper is one of the most competitive producers of super-calendared paper in North America and ships its products (retail inserts, catalogs, magazines, circulars and coupons) to customers throughout North America and around the world.  Over the year, Port Hawkesbury Paper will invest approximately $160 million in Nova Scotia.  Port Hawkesbury Paper employs over 300 individuals at the mill and over 400 individuals in the woodlands.  Port Hawkesbury Paper forestry operations are the only large forest operations that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified in Atlantic Canada

About Eastern Canada Stevedoring

Eastern Canada Stevedoring is a subsidiary of the QSL Group which operates over twenty five port terminals along the Saint-Lawrence River, the Great Lakes and the Maritimes. For over 30 years the Quebec Stevedoring Group and its subsidiaries have been providing their clients with exceptional services tailored to their specific needs. The highly versatile network accommodates over twenty million tons of general, dry bulk and containerized cargo. Boasting an array of facilities, including interior and exterior storage space, along with and intermodal infrastructure already providing links to marine, rail and road transport.

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Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and Port Hawkesbury Paper begin negotiations for an Impact Benefits Agreement

2013-07-29 15:33:04

Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia (July 29, 2013) – Port Hawkesbury Paper LP and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs are working together to negotiate an Impact Benefits Agreement (IBA) arising from the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by both parties in January 2013. The MOU is a commitment between the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia and Port Hawkesbury Paper to work together and develop a Socio-economic Benefits Agreement and an Environmental Agreement, ensuring meaningful Mi’kmaq participation in forestry operations and the paper mill.

“We understand how critical it is for us to work together to see that our resources are protected” said Chief Gerard Julian, Co-Chair of the Assembly. “Advancing discussions with Port Hawkesbury Paper is a way for us to have input into the Nova Scotia economy, while maintaining our way of life, culture and ensuring the well-being of future generations”.

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs and Port Hawkesbury Paper will negotiate an IBA which will include direction on shared priorities such as employment opportunities for the Mi’kmaq, preservation of the environment, and the protection of Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

“We are so pleased to move forward with our negotiations for an IBA with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs” says Marc Dube, Development Manager. “Much like the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, Port Hawkesbury Paper is committed to ensuring a sustainable forestry sector, and we work hard every day to ensure we balance social, environmental and economic considerations in the day-to-day operations of our business”.

Port Hawkesbury Paper and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs will begin negotiating the IBA in early July and parties will finalize the agreement in 2014.


About Port Hawkesbury Paper LP:

Port Hawkesbury Paper LP is a forestry operations and paper mill in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. Port Hawkesbury Paper is the most competitive producer of super-calendared paper in North America and ships to customers throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Over the past year, Port Hawkesbury Paper has invested approximately $100m in Nova Scotia. Port Hawkesbury Paper employs over 300 individuals at the mill and over 600 individuals in the woodlands. Port Hawkesbury Paper forestry operations are the only large forest operations that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified in Atlantic Canada.

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Port Hawkesbury Paper in full compliance with WTO rules

2013-03-29 15:34:05

March 28, 2013,- - Pacific West Commercial Corporation is responding to an inquiry by the U.S. Trade Representative, to determine whether the investments into the Port Hawkesbury Paper Mill in Nova Scotia may be in contravention of the World Trade Organization's rules.

"The claims we are hearing, specifically from members of congress from Maine, regarding our investment into Port Hawkesbury Paper are completely false.   Pacific West received sound legal advice from specialized trade counsel on this transaction, and our investment is fully consistent with international trade rules" said Shawn Lewis, VP and General Counsel of Pacific West Commercial Corporation.  "Unfortunately, some of the media reports regarding the reopening of the mill have contained exaggerated and erroneous information, which may have led to a significant misunderstanding of the investment."

The reopening of the mill was part of a normal statutory bankruptcy proceeding in the Canadian courts, in which all stakeholders, including those from the United States, were provided an equal opportunity to participate. 

"It is also important to note that United States governments provide large amounts of assistance to the U.S. paper industry, including mills in Maine" added Mr. Lewis.

For further information please contact:

 

Shawn Lewis

VP & General Counsel

Pacific West Commercial Corporation

slewis@sternpartners.com

 

Marc Dube

Development Manager

Port Hawkesbury Paper

marc.dube@porthawkesburypaper.com

 

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