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Brandt announces plan to Create 1,000+ new jobs

International Forest Industries - 10 hours 43 min ago

The Brandt Group of Companies has announced plans to make a major investment in staffing and will hire more than 1,000 new employees by the end of 2021. The new positions will span the Regina-based company’s 100+ location international network, focusing on roles in Canada and the USA. “There’s no question that our people are the foundation of our success. In spite of some challenging times for the global economy, an incredible team effort has enabled us to sustain our business and weather the storm successfully,” says Shaun Semple, Brandt Group of Companies CEO. “Looking ahead, the growth trend for Brandt is strong, so the timing is ideal to make a major investment in our team.”

In the past ten years, Brandt has expanded their employee base by 140% to more than 3,400, with the pace of growth continuing to accelerate steadily. The newly announced hiring initiative will see the company’s workforce grow by 30% overall with the largest individual gains occurring in the company’s Regina, SK, Saskatoon, SK and Hudson, IL locations. Half of these hires will occur in the company’s Saskatchewan locations with 40% more spread out across Canada and the balance in the USA.

The new hires will bolster Brandt’s existing operations in industries from construction, forestry, and agriculture to rail, mining, and steel. The positions will include skilled trades, sales, finance, marketing, customer support, IT, and more as the company expands its support team to meet the needs of a rapidly growing customer base. “As life begins to return to normal and we look ahead to economic recovery, this is very exciting news for workers and their families,” says Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Premier. “Saskatchewan has what the world needs and Brandt’s success is a testament to the resiliency of our province’s industries in some of the most challenging global economic times.”

Interested applicants can view a current listing of the company’s career opportunities and apply online at www.brandtjobs.com. For more information, contact Pam Lougheed at (306) 791-5931 or plougheed@brandt.ca

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Metsä Group has made an agreement with LSAB Suomi on blade deliveries to the Rauma sawmill

International Forest Industries - 11 hours 29 min ago

“LSAB is a long-term partner of Metsä Fibre’s sawmills, and the agreement with the Rauma sawmill continues this partnership. LSAB Suomi will deliver the sawmill built in Rauma the blades it needs and will take care of necessary services. The company is committed to our common safety targets, and we’ve been able to develop our operations together. We’ve cooperated with LSAB Suomi for a long time. It delivers blades to all our sawmills and takes care of their maintenance,” says Liisa-Maija Perävainio, Mill Manager of Rauma sawmill, Metsä Fibre.

“We’re proud of the trust placed in us. Our long-term partnership is continuing and deepening at Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill. It’s inspiring and challenging to be involved in building this new sawmill, which is unique in the world, with the best experts. We bring all our knowledge to this project. The cooperation also strengthens our own professional skills,” says managing director Mika Rahko.

The value of Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill investment amounts to approximately EUR 200 million, and the new unit will produce around 750,000 cubic metres of pine sawn timber annually. The new sawmill will be a worldwide forerunner in technology and efficiency. For example, the use of machine vision and artificial intelligence in different stages of the sawing process is a significant new development. Similar technology is not yet in use anywhere in the sawmill industry. The construction of the sawmill is progressing as planned, and production will begin in the third quarter of 2022.

More information:
Liisa-Maija Perävainio, Mill Manager, Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill, tel. +358 40 5103 304

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Waratah Forestry Equipment unveils new H425, H425HD & H425X harvester heads

International Forest Industries - 12 hours 58 min ago

Waratah Forestry Equipment announced the new H425, H425HD and H425X – a trio of rugged harvester heads built for tough jobs. With a powerful control valve and four roller feed arm geometry, each high-performance head is productive on wheeled or tracked carriers.

“These models are built for durability and performance,” said Brent Fisher, product marketing manager for Waratah. “Among other updates, new hose protection and servicing enhancements make these great heads even better.”

The standard H425 (1360 kg or 2,998 lb.), H425HD (1390 kg or 3,064 lb.) and hefty H425X (1426 kg or 3,143 lb.) each offer increased reliability with new feed motor hosing routings and new covers. For quick and easy servicing, each head features a new hinged valve cover and improved access to greasing points.


Optimizing performance, productivity and delimbing, the H425 excels in large diameter regeneration harvesting. A powerful control valve and feed-roller arm geometry ensure a solid grip and agile harvester head control for all diameter classes.

For increased uptime and lower daily operating costs, the H425 offers improved hose routing from boom to harvester head and from the valve to feed motors, keeping hoses well protected from limbs and understory interference.

The H425 offers optional saw motor sizes, standard (narrow stem) or buttress (wide stem) saw frames for challenging applications, and processing knives for picking stems from the ground or bunch piles.


Built to work on the toughest jobs, the H425HD features a heavy-duty tilt frame, feed motors and guarding to provide even more durability. With a powerful control valve and a top saw option, the high-performance head offers great productivity, especially for wheeled carrier applications.

For ease of maintenance, the H425HD now has easy filling of saw chain oil. Likewise, daily maintenance can be performed without changing the position of the harvester head. The valve block and grease points are also easily accessible.

The H425HD offers optional saw motor sizes, standard (narrow stem) or buttress (wide stem) saw frames for challenging applications, and processing knives for picking stems from the ground or bunch piles.


The H425X features an extreme duty main saw box with heavier steel plating, extra feed motor component guarding, heavy-duty tilt frame, hose protection and increased drive arm durability for demanding applications in mixed stand harvesting. Its four roller feed arm geometry ensures rollers grip solidly in all diameters, improving responsiveness with unprecedented tree-processing performance – especially in large timber.

Purpose-built for tracked harvesters, the H425X offers options for many applications with multi-tree handling, an integrated top saw and processing knives for picking from piles or hardwood applications, and many feed wheel options to suit numerous applications.

“The H425, H425HD and H425X are reliable heads for heavy-duty applications,” Fisher said. “With each new head generation, we’re providing our customers the solutions they need to maximize productivity and uptime.”

The Waratah H425, H425HD and H425X are currently available to customers in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Africa, Asia, Brazil and Latin America.

For more information about Waratah, please visit Waratah.com or contact Sarah Larson at slarson@mindfirecomm.com.

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