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“Working on a brownfield site with a working mill supplying customers takes a special approach,” says James Hogg President and CEO of Uniboard. “It is encouraging for the team and our customers to see the progress.”
In June 2022, Uniboard announced Phase 3 of the Val-d’Or modernization project. Aptly called Project Renaissance, Phase 3 was split into two distinct projects. Phase 3 started with the construction of a new distribution/logistics center which was completed and put into service in August 2023. The second part of Phase 3 is the construction of a new production hall and the installation of a new continuous 10-foot particleboard press and a new 10-foot finishing line.
Work on the press foundations and production hall started in the summer of 2023. Containers of the production lines have already been received on-site. The new press line is targeted to come on stream in the 1st Quarter of 2025.
The modernized Val-d’Or particleboard/TFL facility will be the most advanced particleboard site in North America. “We are right on time with the last phase of the Val-d’Or modernization program,” says Hogg. “What will set Val-d’Or apart from other North American particleboard facilities is not just the latest state-of-the-art equipment, but the expertise and knowledge of our people who will operate the facility, our proven quality northern fiber supply, and our commitment to customer service to name a few.”
Hogg adds that the Val-d’Or Renaissance project positions Uniboard to support the long-term growth of the company’s existing customer base and new customers going into the future.