NHL players survive Hornepayne wilderness on Les Stroud's survivor challenge

The rain was relentless, the terrain unforgiving and the bugs were thick, but that didn’t stop challengers from participating in the Les Stroud Survival Challenge in Hornepayne, ON with navigation help from our very own Dave Haavaldsrud! 

Les Stroud, NHL’s Kris King and Brad May challenged 14 of their friends to survive one night in the bush to raise funds for the much needed renovations to King’s hometown arena.

“Count me in,” was the familiar reply from Toronto Maple Leafs’ Alex Ponikarovsky, Buffalo Sabres’ Steve Montador, the Washington Capitals’ Brendan Morrison, Brian Muir, Mike Fountain, Colorado Avalanche’s strength coach Paul Goldberg and NHL linesmen Steve Miller and Mark Shewchyk among others.
Divided into teams by draft pick, and equipped with only a [back pack], GPS, flint striker, small camp knife, Coleman flashlight, one still camera, one video camera, a survival class from Les under their belt and Stroud’s best selling book Survive, they were sent deep into the remote wilderness of Hornpayne by boat or bush plane to fend for themselves. The team judged by Les for having made the best decisions applying their learned survival techniques would be the winners of Stroud’s Survival Challenge.

http://lesstroud.ca/tv/les-strouds-survival-challenge
 

Hornepayne facility will help support 160 jobs

Excerpt obtained from SooToday.com on Thursday, September 19, 2013    

NEWS RELEASE

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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Ontario is helping to build a stronger, more diverse northern economy while supporting 160 jobs in Hornepayne.

With support from the Ontario government, Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company Ltd. has opened the Becker Cogeneration Plant.

“This is a prime example of our government’s commitment to the forestry industry and to preserving and creating jobs in Northern Ontario. The opening of the Becker Cogeneration Plant represents a major turning point for the entire community of Hornepayne and will bring substantial savings to the Haavaldsrud sawmill," said  David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources. "Our government continues to work with forestry businesses to strengthen their competitiveness and to help create long-term prosperity in Northern Ontario communities."

This 10-megawatt facility will use sawmill wood by-products to generate electricity for the provincial power grid and produce heat for nearby sawmill and kiln operations.

“This new plant will not only have economic rewards to the community of Hornepayne, but will also change the landscape of the forest industry. We would like to thank the Ministry of Natural Resources for its commitment and dedication to this project and thank the province for its financial support,” said Carlo Bin, President, Becker Cogeneration Plant and Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company Ltd.

Supporting an innovative forest industry is part of the government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help create a fair society and give the people of Ontario more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s support for this project includes a conditional grant of $11.867 million through the Forest Sector Prosperity Fund, a $17.8-million loan guarantee through the Forest Sector Loan Guarantee Program, and $1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
  • The $66-million cogeneration facility is next to existing lumber-manufacturing facilities, creating 20 new jobs, saving 100 more at a nearby mill and supporting an estimated 40 indirect jobs in collecting forest biofibre.
  • Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company Ltd. is the second-largest employer in the community.
  • The plant will consume 175,000 to 200,000 tonnes of sawmill wood by-products annually.

$66-million cogeneration plant opens in Hornepayne

Below are excerpts obtained from an article written in The Sault Star on Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:33:17 EDT PM

Let the cogenerating begin.

The province chipped in with $30 million in grants and loan guarantees for a $66-million cogeneration plant in Hornepayne.

Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Co. Ltd. has opened the Becker Cogeneration Plant, which the province says supports 160 jobs in the community of about 1,000 people.

Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti said in a release that the plant will mean big savings for the Haavaldsrud sawmill, calling it a major turning point for the community.

“This is a prime example of our government's commitment to the forestry industry and to preserving and creating jobs in Northern Ontario,” said Orazietti.

“This new plant will not only have economic rewards to the community of Hornepayne, but will also change the landscape of the forest industry,” said Carlo Bin, president of the new plant and Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company.

The 10-megawatt facility will use sawmill wood byproducts to generate electricity for the provincial power grid and to produce heat for nearby sawmill and kiln operations.

The government funding includes a conditional grant of $11.867 million through the Forest Sector Prosperity Fund, a $17.8-million loan guarantee through the Forest Sector Loan Guarantee Program and $1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp.

nd creating new jobs with the opening of a cogeneration plant, fostering a

stronger economy regionally and across the North. This project represents important diversification

within the forestry sector.

Carlo Bin Receives the J. M. Martel Lumberjack Award

December 10, 2008

Carlo Bin of the Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company of Hornepayne Ontario is the 2007 recipient of the J. M. Martel Lumberjack Award, the presentation made annually by the Ontario Lumber Manufacturers’ Association to recognize the outstanding lumberman of the year.

In his remarks at the December 3, 2008 presentation in Toronto, OLMA President David G. Milton noted:

This year’s recipient has been involved in the Ontario sawmill industry – in one disguise or another – all his working life – over thirty years. In that time he has come to be regarded as a sawmillers’ sawmiller, a fine company, community and family man. In keeping with his attitude, the committee has chosen to make this presentation with little fanfare and with a quiet approach.

This year’s recipient has served as an officer and as a director of the OLMA. His firm is one of the founding members of the OLMA in 1966. A strong community supporter, he has been instrumental in ensuring that the fabric of his town and its spirit are foremost. Known for his support of all of the people in the mill, he is likewise a much loved and respected husband and father.

The Ontario lumber manufacturers’ association is the industrial trade association representing the interests of the province’s independently-operated non-integrated sawmillers in quality of production, public forest policy and international trade issues. 

 

ONTARIO SUPPORTS NEW SAWLINE

February 14, 2008

ONTARIO SUPPORTS NEW SAWLINE
McGuinty Government Investment To Create New Jobs In Hornepayne
HORNEPAYNE — Ontario is strengthening the local forest industry by helping Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company Ltd. invest in innovation and create jobs in the Hornepayne area.

The province is providing a $5-million loan guarantee in support of the installation of a new $7-million saw line that will boost the competitiveness of Haavaldsrud’s Hornepayne facility. The new line will increase the number and size of logs that can be processed while achieving productivity and recovery gains in lumber production. The investment will help secure over 100 existing jobs in the mill, and create about 10 new jobs. The loan guarantee is in addition to a $700,000 grant announced under the Forest Sector Prosperity Fund last summer, and $2.1 million in other provincial assistance announced in January.

“We are helping to secure jobs at the Haavaldsrud facility and to create new positions,” said Mike Brown, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin. “The new equipment helps to make the company more competitive in what is a very difficult market. I salute the Haavaldsrud family for their commitment to this community.”

“Our government is working with the businesses in Ontario’s north to create more opportunities for hard-working Ontarians and their families,” said Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield. “The Loan Guarantee Program is helping our forest sector become more competitive, and creating and securing good jobs right here in Northern Ontario.”

“The new saw line we’re installing will boost the competitiveness and efficiency of our operation here at Hornepayne,” said Carlo Bin, administrator and head of lumber sales for Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company. “We would not be able to move forward without support from the McGuinty government.”

The investment comes from Ontario’s Forest Sector Prosperity Fund. It and the Loan Guarantee Program are part of the McGuinty government’s $1-billion plan to help forest companies invest in the future of their business and prosperity of local communities.

To date, the Ontario government’s forest sector investments have created or secured 4,770 jobs and leveraged $376 million in investments province-wide.

http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/csb/news/2008/feb14nr_2.html

"Nineteen months ago, fire disrupted the lives of our workers, their families and our community. The Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Co. Ltd. committed to its employees and the community that it would rebuild and resume operations as quickly as possible. Continued capital investment in the sawmill and forest industry is necessary to combat the pressures faced by the industry. The Company saw the interruption in operations as an opportunity to make the necessary changes to combat these pressures. The new saw line we are installing will boost the competitiveness and efficiency of our operation at Hornepayne. It incorporates the latest in sawmill technology, increasing recovery by approximately 33% and together with better utilization of the wood supply, increase production by 40%. Today’s announcement demonstrates this government’s commitment to strengthen the local forest industry. We are thankful to the government for their contribution to this very important initiative and for sharing this Company’s vision for the future. We would not have been able to move forward without the support of the McGuinty government.  -Carlo Bin"

Hornepayne Mill Expansion Helps Retain And Create Jobs

January 28, 2008

News Release
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
January 28, 2008 - 008 
Hornepayne Mill Expansion Helps Retain And Create Jobs - #910104 
McGuinty Government Invests In New Saw Line

HORNEPAYNE – The Ontario government is helping the Olav Haavaldsrud Timber Company rise from the ashes of a devastating fire by investing in a new saw line.
A provincial investment of more than $2.1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and the Northern Ontario Grow Bonds Corporation will allow the company to process smaller logs into marketable lumber products, keep more than 100 jobs at the mill and create as many as 10 new ones.
“In August 2007, I was delighted to announce that our government would provide $700,000 to help rebuild this major Hornepayne employer following a devastating fire at the sawmill operations two summers ago,” said Algoma Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown. “Today’s additional investment in a new saw line will further help stabilize the local economy and bring new jobs in the region.”
“Our government is committed to investing in businesses that help grow the northern economy,” said Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle, who also chairs the NOHFC. “I am very pleased that the province’s support for this expansion project will secure jobs and help the company improve efficiency and competitiveness.”
These initiatives are part of the government’s Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. Learn more at: http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/mndm/npp_e.asp
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Contacts:

Anne-Marie Flanagan
Minister’s Office - Toronto
(416) 327-0655

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125
www.nohfc.com

http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/MNDM/pub/newrel/NRSearchView.asp?NRNUM=8&NRYear=2008&NRLAN=EN&NRID=4769

NOHFC & NOGBC Announcement

January 28, 2008

NOHFC & NOGBC Announcement

The project includes the replacement of a sawline, upgrade to the trimmer optimizer and the replacement of approximately 30% of the sawmill building which was severely damaged by the fire on July 11, 2006.

The new sawline is expected to be in operation by mid February and the project to be completed in March.

The new sawline is a significant upgrade incorporating the latest in sawmill technology. The new equipment will be capable of processing logs from 8cm to 50cm at increased feed speeds. Through increased recovery of approximately 33% increase processing speed and better utilization of the wood supply, lumber production will increase by 40%.

Continued capital investment in the sawmill and forest industry is necessary to combat the pressure faced by the industry in today’s economic climate. This $6.6 million investment is essential to remain competitive and to provide stability for the employees, the community and the region it supports.

Today’s announcement demonstrate this government’s commitment to assist in capital investment to create a stonger and more prosperous forest industry in Northern Ontario.

Carlo Bin