Terrace Bay, ON - March 27th, 2016 - AV Terrace Bay receives the first delivery of wood fibre from Mkwa Timber LP. This shipment comes following the February announcement of the agreement between Mkwa Timber LP and AVTB.
This inaugural delivery of wood fibre is the first shipment since Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly Pic River First Nation) took possession of its new Ponsee harvesting equipment in January. Both parties are excited about the potential harvest capacity and the growing relationship between Mkwa Timber and AVTB. Mkwa Timber has become a significant fibre supplier and its wood fibre is part of AV Terrace Bay’s committed Crown fibre supply from the Pic River Forest, which is being sustainably managed by the Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation.
“To witness the first delivery of wood fibre from our partner, Mkwa Timber, at AVTB on Tuesday was a proud moment for both parties. It was a testament to the hard work that Mkwa Timber has had to undergo to become a supplier of sustainable fibre and to meet the stringent quality standards AVTB expects.” - Giovanni Iadeluca, CEO, AV Terrace Bay Inc.
Left: Giovanni Iadeluca, CEO, AV Terrace Bay
Right: Mikko Koivisto, Woodlands Manager, AV Terrace Bay
About Mkwa Timber
Biigtigong Nishnaabeg took possession of its new Ponsee harvesting equipment in January, enabling its forestry company, Mkwa Timber, to start harvesting off its traditional land this winter. As part of their continued growth, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is looking forward to an ongoing relationship with AVTB to create new opportunities for employment, increased interest in ongoing forestry initiatives and added supply stability. The goal is to establish Mkwa Timber as a consistent supplier of sustainable fibre to Northern Ontario mills and continue to grow their local economy and workforce.
About AV Terrace Bay
AV Terrace Bay is located in the town of Terrace Bay, in Northwestern Ontario, on the shores of Lake Superior. Originally built in 1947, the mill and the pulp industry have a long history in the town of Terrace Bay. After a period of instability and numerous ownership changes, the Terrace Bay Mill became the third Canadian company to join the Aditya Birla Group’s (ABG) pulp and fibre business (Grasim Industries Ltd.) in January 2012. AV Terrace Bay currently employs 360 full-time employees.