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Thunder Bay Targets Manufacturing Jobs

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Thunder Bay Targets Manufacturing Jobs

McGuinty Government Invests In Containerboard Facility Business Plan

The City of Thunder Bay is on the hunt for more than 100 manufacturing jobs.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $100,000 to help the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission develop a comprehensive business plan for opening a containerboard facility on the site of a currently idled mill in the city.  The Commission is working with Superior Packaging to investigate the purchase of the AbitibiBowater newsprint mill, which closed last year. 

The project would include transforming the facility to produce lightweight containerboard from recycled materials such as corrugated cardboard.  This facility would be the only Canadian producer of the proposed lightweight packaging material.

Quick Facts

  • The lightweight packaging products sector represents one of the fastest growing segments of the paper products market and is considered eco-friendly as it uses recycled materials that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills.
  • The NOHFC’s Infrastructure and Community Development Program helps northern communities improve critical infrastructure and develop partnerships that find effective ways to create jobs and improve economic prospects in the North.

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“By investing in this project, our government is supporting Thunder Bay’s economic diversification efforts and helping create new jobs locally.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“The development of a new manufacturing plant would bring new life to the Fort William mill site and be beneficial across our region.”

Bill Mauro

Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP



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