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Weyerhaeuser Company Limited

Alberta operations are at the heart of Weyerhaeuser's Canadian operations

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, a long time Canadian forest products company, established a presence in Alberta in 1989 by purchasing a sawmill and an oriented strand board (OSB) mill in Drayton Valley as well as an OSB mill in Edson. Three years later, Weyerhaeuser expanded in Alberta with the purchase of a pulp mill and a sawmill in Grande Prairie. Today, Alberta is the single largest province in which Weyerhaeuser operates in Canada.
 
Weyerhaeuser Company Limited – the wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company based in Federal Way, Washington – employs approximately 1,750 people in Canada. Of that total more than half – 985 – work in Alberta. Weyerhaeuser’s other Canadian operations are in British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Weyerhaeuser Company Limited is headquartered in Vancouver.
 
Weyerhaeuser is one of the world’s largest forest products companies. Founded in 1900, Weyerhaeuser employs about 14,000 people in 10 countries and has customers worldwide. Sales in 2010 totaled CDN $6.7 billion. Weyerhaeuser stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY. More information about Weyerhaeuser can be found at www.weyerhaeuser.com
 
Operating on a land base of 2.13 million hectares licensed from the Government of Alberta, Weyerhaeuser’s Alberta mills serve North American, Asian and European markets for building materials (softwood lumber and OSB) and northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (tissue towel and paper grade). The Grande Prairie Pulp Mill is also on track to become a significant – and green – participant in Alberta’s electricity market.
 
A new $52-million turbine-generator came on line at the Grand Prairie Pulp Mill in March 2011. The turbine-generator is a key component in a project that will result in the pulp mill having the ability to send 27 MWs of green electricity to the Alberta grid by the summer of 2012. A second phase will see the installation of a new seven-effect evaporator train that will improve the pulp mill’s energy efficiency. That $70-million investment will free up to 100,000 pounds of steam per hour that can be directed to the new turbine-generator.
 
The energy source for this project is the lignin that is a residual from the kraft pulping process. This biomass is burned to create heat and steam to both operate the mill processes and to generate electricity. The electricity being generated is green power that has received federal EcoLogo certification.
 
Weyerhaeuser’s commitment to its operations in Alberta is evident through the level of capital investment. Over the past decade, Weyerhaeuser has approved capital projects worth in excess of $700 million. In addition to the new turbine-generator and seven-effect evaporator train at the Grande Prairie Pulp Mill, Weyerhaeuser has invested in:
 
·         Dry kilns and auto grading system – Drayton Valley Sawmill
·         Strander upgrade and warehouse expansion – Edson OSB
·         New planer mill – Grande Prairie Sawmill
·         New recovery boiler – Grande Prairie Pulp Mill
·         Oxygen delignification optimization – Grande Prairie Pulp Mill
·         Co-generation project – Grande Prairie Pulp Mill
 
These investments put Weyerhaeuser’s Alberta mills in a strong competitive position.
 
Weyerhaeuser is committed to a suite of core values that guide its operations, including:
 
·         SAFETY: We operate injury-free.
·         PERFORMANCE: We hold ourselves accountable for meeting customer needs and getting results.
·         PEOPLE: We are engaged, diverse and inspired people who deliver superior results.
·         CITIZENSHIP: We earn our public licence to operate through strong community relationships.
·         INTEGRITY: We make principled and ethical decisions.
Weyerhaeuser’s Alberta operations strive to live those values on a daily basis. For example, in 2010, Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie Pulp Mill received the Alberta Forest Products Association’s President’s Award as the safest forest products facility in the province. The Grande Prairie Pulp Mill has also been recognized as the safest pulp mill in Canada and the safest pulp mill in North America.
 
The Edson OSB mill was also recognized by the AFPA in 2010 as the safety leader in the panelboard sector. In the same year, one of Weyerhaeuser’s forestry contractors – Outland Resources – had the best safety performance among silviculture operations.
 
Weyerhaeuser has also received recognition as a company. Earlier this year, Weyerhaeuser was named the world’s most admired forest and paper products company in a study conducted for Fortune magazine. Weyerhaeuser earned the top ranking in its industry for innovation, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, long-term investment and quality of products/services. In addition, Weyerhaeuser tied for 10th for social responsibility overall among all companies.
 
When Corporate Knights magazine announced its Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies for 2011 at Davos, Switzerland, Weyerhaeuser was ranked 31. A total of 3,500 companies from around the world were investigated for this ranking.
 
In spring 2011, Weyerhaeuser learned it was included in Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2011 and awarded the Sustainable Asset Management 2011 Bronze Class distinction for corporate sustainability performance in “The Sustainability Yearbook 2011”.
 

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