New jobs for Port Clements

  • Nov. 30, 2011 7:00 p.m.

If you’re looking for work, there may be some hope soon in Port Clements.Up to 20 new positions at the Abfam sawmill are thanks to a new partnership between Taan Forest and Abfam Enterprises. Abfam owner Jim Abbott said the mill should be in full operation in approximately two months. He said the company will spend $1 to $1.5 million in upgrades and modernization to the facility.Since 1995, the mill has been running up to one week a month, due to a shortage of logs. Now, thanks to a new supply of timber from Taan Forest it will be in full operation year round and is expected to remain there for the next 10 years. The mill produces around 50 different wood products, including dimension lumber along with tongue and groove in pine and red cedar. In about a week, job seekers can apply for a position through applications available at the mill. The project is a joint venture with Old Massett, which means a bus for employees may run between the two communities. Mr. Abbott said 18-20 new and perhaps former employees will work through a month of training starting in the coming weeks.

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