Project manager Terry Charlton and contract workers Kimberlee Gallagher and Brock Colliver at the Saltair Sawmill

Staff at Saltair Mill lauded for creating ‘positive, safe’ workplace

Contract worker praises Saltair millworkers for their friendliness and professionalism.

For Kimberlee Gallagher, working at the Western Forest Products (WFP) Saltair Sawmill was like a breath of fresh air.

Gallagher spent about a month at the Saltair Sawmill in Ladysmith doing contract work as a fire watch, and she was impressed by the employees’ friendliness, positive attitudes and attention to safety.

Gallagher lives in Chase, and she and her boyfriend Brock Colliver both did contract work at the mill.

“I’ve gotten to know quite a few people on a first-name basis, and there are many smiles and exchanges of a ‘good morning’ everyday,” she said. “I’ve never worked somewhere where everyone works so positive, safe and in such a respectful manner. The energy here is warm and friendly. If I lived down here, I’d apply for a full-time position. I just feel in my heart that these wonderful people at this mill deserve some sort of recognition.”

Gallagher says she was the only female working there in a labour position, and she couldn’t have been treated any better.

“I cannot explain how polite, helpful and well-mannered these people are,” she said. “I usually work in the oilfield up north, and it’s a little rougher up there. It’s been a real treat here. These guys here are really down-to-earth, good people — upper management as well.”

Gallagher is enthusiastic about how safe and happy the employees at the WFP Saltair Sawmill are.

“No. 1 for me is safety and working with nice, friendly people,” she said. “I’ve never thought seriously of working full-time at a mill until I came here. They were happy at the start of their shift, and they were happy at the end.”

The Saltair Sawmill, built in 1972, converts coastal mid-size logs into high-value specialized products in hemlock, Douglas fir and Western red cedar and ships product to Japan, China, North America, Europe and Australia.

The mill is currently undergoing a major retrofit.

Initially, WFP announced a $24.2-million investment as the first phase of what will ultimately be a total reinvestment of about $38 million into the Saltair Sawmill. The first phase of the retrofit includes upgrades/replacements to the Edgers, Stacker, (including an inline strapper), Sorter, Trimmer and Chipper.

One of the first pieces of the puzzle was a new stacker, which is capable of stacking more than 250 loads in an eight-hour shift, explained project manager Terry Charlton.

The new inline strapper was completed in the past three weeks, and Gallagher and Colliver were in Ladysmith to see it take shape.

 

Just Posted

Poppy funds blossom at Chemainus Health Care Centre

Cowichan Legion Branch 53 makes a valuable contribution

Ladysmith Hill Dash and Running of the Balls return to High street

Ever year Ladysmith residents run High street to support the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association

RCMP urges community to report crimes as theft from vehicles continues

Ladysmith RCMP confirmed a group of teens were seen trying to break into a vehicle on Thetis drive

Nanaimo-Vancouver ferry sets sail again after delay

B.C. Ferries says Queen of Oak Bay was held in dock earlier due to staffing issues

Graveyard shift being axed at Chemainus sawmill

Western Forest Products move comes on the heels of current union contract’s expiration

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read