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The first quarter of 2008 will go down as one of worst for the B.C. lumber industry. Fortunately, at our manufacturing operations, we have managed to build a loyal customer base due to our friendly, knowledgeable people, our product presentation, and our excellent grading and manufacturing. Our customers have worked hard and have been able to move our products into the marketplaces where other manufacturers haven't been able to. This translates into steady work for the CML facilities.
For those of you that don't read Japanese the poster on the following page is from the Zaiso Lumber Auction in Tokyo, Japan. The pictures were taken at CML during a western custom cut for this auction. There was wood from many other mills at this auction; the comments from Japan were that the Coulson wood had the best packaging and was well manufactured. This coverage goes a long way to keep CML working.
Unfortunately, Somass has taken away the wood we processed at CSL causing us to go down to one shift on the planer. We are hoping this is temporary, but so for they are sticking to their plan of processing all the wood in their own facilities.
Until next month please play safe and work safe.
Pictured is Hereditary Chief Billy Keitlah receiving a sponsorship cheque from Wayne Coulson. Coulson Forest Products sponsored two Ahousaht Basketball teams. The sponsorship assisted the teams in travel expenses to the Provincial Junior All Native Basketball Championships in Kamloops during the Easter school break, March 19 to 23. The Ahousaht teams are known as the Junior Boys "Wolfpack" and the Junior Girls "Ahousaht Blazers". Both teams won the Vancouver Island tournaments and will represent Vancouver Island in Kamloops.