A new Muhlbock continuous kiln is being installed at NorSask Forest Products. Photo courtesy MLTC.

Sustainable drying: NorSask’s new continuous kiln to run off sawmill residuals

In the past few years, Saskatchewan’s forestry and bioenergy industries have seen a big boost, with multiple new investments announced and projects underway. One such project is the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC)’s new Bioenergy Centre in Meadow Lake, Sask., which is currently under construction.

The Bioenergy Centre will use residual wood waste from nearby NorSask Forest Products (also owned by the MLTC), to provide enough electricity to power 5,000 homes in the community. As part of that project, a new Muhlbock six-zone Progressive Flo 1306 PRO continuous kiln is being installed, which will run off of the energy produced in the Bioenergy Centre.

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Announcing NCQ Funding

MLTC Industrial Investments partners with Northern Career Quest to build First Nation workforce.

MLTC Industrial Investments LP (MLTCII), the management company that oversees the Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s corporate holdings, has secured funding through Northern Career Quest (NCQ) to help develop and train First Nations people for new positions thatare arising within the MLTCII group of companies.

The Northern Career Quest program, which is funded jointly by industry and government partners, has a history of building a strong Aboriginal workforce. The booming provincial economy means that it is more important than ever to engage Aboriginal workers to participate in these benefits by training for high-demand positions.

Over the next two years, Industrial Investments expects to see unprecedented growth at its flagship companies: NorSask Forest Products, Polar Oils and MLTC Northern Trucking. This program will help ensure that First Nation people will have access to training to prepare for these positions. With NorSask working toward a second shift, and Polar Oils and Northern Trucking planning expansions, the NCQ training program will help fill the increased demand for journeymen and apprentice millwrights, mechanics, mill workers and administrative staff.

According to Trevor Reid, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MLTCII, the program has the company’s full support. “We value a diverse, well-trained workforce. The NCQ program will help us attract and retain employees from the First Nation communities that are the shareholders in our companies”

“This is a win-win-win situation,” says Norma Billette, the Human Resources Advisor at MLTCII who will be recruiting participants for the program. “The funding will provide benefits to our companies, our communities, and most importantly, for the workers themselves.”

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Announcing Launch of MLTC Industrial Investments

MLTC Resource Development LP announces the launching of its newest company: MLTC Industrial Investments LP

There’s a lot of excitement around MLTC Resource Development LP these days. The Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s corporate arm, commonly known as RDI, has built a strong track record for success in Saskatchewan and things are only getting better.

MLTC Resource Development LP (RDI) governs the investment portfolio of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) and its nine bands, striving to provide sustainable long term returns to its shareholder First Nations. The company’s holdings are impressive. With significant ownership of companies like West Wind Aviation, MLTC Ceres Fertilizers, Lac La Ronge Wild Rice, and Western First Nations Hospitality as well as its wholly-owned subsidiaries NorSask Forest Products, MLTC Northern Trucking and Polar Oils, RDI has become a major contributor to the Saskatchewan economy.

In 2013, RDI launched a new company, MLTC Industrial Investments LP (MLTCII). This company was created to achieve higher returns and dividends by streamlining operations and decision making at NorSask Forest Products, Polar Oils and MLTC Northern Trucking. These three companies have been the backbone for MLTC’s resource development agenda and the synergies among them have helped leverage their strengths to successfully transition to the bio-energy sector. Industrial Investments is working towards the construction of a 36MW bio-energy power plant fuelled mainly by logging debris and wood waste from the NorSask mill. With development work nearing completion and a 25-year power purchase agreement signed with SaskPower, MLTCII expects to begin construction on the plant this fall.

MLTC Industrial Investments has its head office in Meadow Lake and a satellite office in Saskatoon. MLTC II’s strong management team and experienced professional Board of Directors are accountable to MLTC Resource Development LP, which remains the governing body for all of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s corporate ventures.

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