New Brunswick-based company to open wood treatment plant in province

Published on September 18, 2013

Henry Walthert, left, executive director of Wood Preservative Canada, is joined at a table by David Harris, vice-president of sales and marketing for Marwood Ltd., during an annual general meeting and conference Tuesday.

By Adam Harnum Star

Staff Writer

A New Brunswick company is now diversifying the forestry industry on the east coast.

David Harris, vice-president of sales and marketing for Marwood Ltd. — which has been in the lumber treating business since the 1960s in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — was in attendance at the Canadian Institute of Forestry conference Tuesday afternoon at the Pepsi Centre Studio to talk about his new treatment plant to the province.

Harris, as well as other colleagues, were invited to the conference as new business community members to provide information on a new lumber treatment plant set to open next month in Jamestown, a village northeast of Clarenville.

The plant in Jamestown had run tests in August and plans to begin a full line of operation in October. Marwood is optimistic about the prospects which the province has to offer to the exporting market.

Harris said the new plant can utilize the Newfoundland’s growing material of lumber, while also be of support to the lower number of saw mills which remain in service throughout the province.

“We also intend to export some of the under-utilized species of wood off of Newfoundland to our value-added plants in Fredericton (N.B.) and Nova Scotia, where we would manufacture them into value-added products such as fence panels and lattice panels, which will be exported into the United States and Europe,” he said.

One of the newest products — which the company is hoping to bring to the new plant in Jamestown, was introduced at the conference in the form of a presentation by Crawford Dewar.

“We have a licensing agreement for a new bridge technology and this is laminated wood encapsulated with fibreglass, so you get a product that is many times stronger than concrete at a greatly reduced weight and can be installed in about one-fifth of the time,” said Harris.

In addition to lower weight and lower cost, this new technology also greatly reduces environmental impact, which Harris says is due to the limited amount of time spent in the river bed area.

“We’re doing our first bridge in Nova Scotia as we speak,” he said.

adam.harnum@thewesternstar.com