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EACOM workers at home, being paid

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Fire damage to lumber company EACOM’s planer mill at its Timmins operation isn’t as bad as first feared. Flames broke out early Monday morning.

EACOM director of communications and public affairs Jean Brodeur says a final start-up date has yet to be set, but is expected to be a matter of weeks or a month.

“So the employees right now are at home. They’re paid. Nobody was laid off,” Brodeur states. “So that was important to us, that we keep everyone engaged.”

The operation employs about 130 people. Brodeur says sawmill workers are also off the job. Some could be called back soon for clean-up and painting.

“Our sales team is working very diligently to actually clear some of the inventories in the yard so we can actually have more place so we can actually go in and process wood through the sawmill and then put it in the yard,” Brodeur adds.

That lumber would be planed later.

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