Mattawa owes oil­fields thanks: Mayor

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - JEN­NIFER HAMIL­TON-MCCHARLES

More than 250 Mattawa res­i­dents are cur­rently work­ing in the oil­fields in Al­berta earn­ing an­nual salaries of be­tween $120,000 and $150,000, ac­cord­ing to Mayor Dean Backer.

“Th­ese types of jobs have en­abled our com­mu­nity to with­stand the eco­nomic dips the prov­ince has been see­ing. It’s kept our com­mu­nity afloat,” Backer said Thurs­day.

He said there are so many area peo­ple work­ing in Al­berta for Ceda In­ter­na­tional they have their own group – The Mattawa Group.

Backer said many would love to re­turn to On­tario be­cause it’s tough liv­ing out of suit­case. But the pay is hard to give up.

But jobs out West isn’t the only rea­son Mattawa’s eco­nomic for­tunes ap­pear to be ris­ing.

Backer said the re­cent an­nounce­ment of a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar sawmill fa­cil­ity in Bon­field has helped.

The mill is ex­pected to cre­ate 90 jobs. Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2018 in time for pro­duc­tion to start in early 2019.

The site is ex­pected to in­clude a sawmill, dry kilns and a planer mill, moul­der mill, and CNC (com­puter nu­mer­i­cal con­trol) fa­cil­i­ties, in ad­di­tion to an­cil­lary build­ings in sup­port of the main pro­cess­ing plants.

Backer said Mattawa, 40 min­utes east of North Bay, also has be­come an af­ford­able op­tion for those who want to buy a home and prop­erty.

“We’ve be­come an af­ford­able bed­room com­mu­nity for North Bay,” he said.

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