Hampton acquired the Babine Forest Products sawmill in late 2006 in a joint venture with the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation of Burns Lake (“BLNDC”). The BLNDC represents six local First Nations bands and focuses on identifying and developing economic ventures and initiatives to help the Aboriginal people of the B.C. Lakes District realize their economic aspirations. Hampton appreciates the support of its BLNDC partner, the local community, government leaders, labor, contractors, and its competitors during the recovery process of this tragic event.Babine Forest Products wants to ensure that it maintains open lines of communications with its employees, the community and First Nations in the aftermath of the mill fire on January 20.
On December 4, 2012, Hampton Affililates confirmed that the Babine sawmill would be rebuilt. Click to link to Press Release and news article.
Babine Forest Products Rebuild May 2013
Exciting and timely progress is being made in the rebuild of Babine Forest Products, Burns Lake, B.C.
With the improved weather conditions, the construction crews are once again at work. It is a testimony to the spirit and stamina of the Burns Lake community to see the continued advancements being made at the mill site. Hampton’s partnership with the First Nations and the support of the government have made it possible to undertake this project.
Babine site work continues with excavation, construction of rebar and footings, and concrete pouring. Onsite construction activity will increase significantly in May and will remain extremely busy through startup.
Over 30 Babine employees have remained on payroll throughout the transition to help cover our employees' needs and manage the rebuilding process. Opportunities are being explored to re-engage our hourly employees. Some have already returned to work to start rebuilding various machinery pieces. Small groups of former employees are touring the site to observe our progress.
The mill is slated to begin operations early in 2014.