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  • Groupe NBG
    History and Mission

    The current sawmill opened in 1983. Built by Raoul Guérette Inc., the mill cuts aspen and hardwood.

    With the closure of another Groupe Guérette mill in Escourt, the Rivière-Bleue sawmill added softwood to its production line-up in 1991.

    The facilities have been upgraded and expanded on different occasions over the years. In June 1995, all of Charles Guérette’s mills were acquired by Produits Forestier Alliance Inc. In 2000, the Rivière-Bleue mill changed hands and joined the American Bowater Inc. group. In 2001, the mill began focusing on aspen production and dropped hard and softwood from its activities.

    In December 2002, five Témiscouata businesses joined together to discuss acquisition with the establishment of Groupe N.B.G. Inc. (Norampac Inc., Bégin & Bégin Inc., Groupement forestier de l’Est du lac Témiscouata Inc., Corporation Agroforestière transcontinentale Inc. and Groupement Forestier de Kamouraska Inc.). The group acquired Bowater Inc. and took over the Rivière-Bleue sawmill on February 2, 2003.

    Groupe N.B.G. Inc. continued specializing in aspen, marketing more than 22 million board feet per years of dressed lumber, used in making crates and high-quality wood and manufactured in different sizes. With a production specialty of 30 million board feet of aspen, N.B.G. is one of the biggest sawmills in Quebec using this species. It employs some 60 qualified workers in different specialties.

    The company holds a 33,000 cubic metre Timber Supply and Forest Management Agreement, which represents some 30% of its needs. Most of its logs come from private owners in Quebec and New Brunswick. Three of the group’s shareholders are joint management bodies from Témiscouata and Kamouraska. Their involvement in private woodlands in an important factor in supplying the mill.

    The supply of a high quality and sufficient quantity of wood ensures base-line profitability for the firm, enabling it to invest in the sawmill and in value-added products for its growth and survival.

    The company hopes, over the next few years, to place more crate component secondary processing and other value added products on the market. Although aspen is not a widely known wood, its use is expanding in several areas.

    We are local entrepreneurs who have successfully established strong business ties
    with other companies
    in the region.

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