The Langley-based San Group, operating lumber mills and a significant value-added manufacturing facility in Port Alberni, is set to receive up to $2.5 million from the province’s Manufacturing Jobs Fund for new equipment. San Group, known for its investments exceeding $100 million in the Alberni Valley, specializes in producing value-added and engineered wood products.


The funding is designated for innovative equipment that utilizes ultra-thin sheets of veneer in the creation of engineered cedar products. This process allows the company to use a fraction of the fiber, minimize waste compared to conventional wood products, and concurrently generate an additional 30 jobs at the plant.


President Kamal Sanghera emphasized the significance of the investment in enhancing wood product manufacturing, increasing production, and promoting environmental sustainability. The initiative aligns with San Group’s commitment to responsible and eco-friendly business practices.


The $2.5 million is part of the $8.6 million allocated by the province through the $180-million Manufacturing Jobs Fund. This fund supports eight projects across the province, aiming to help manufacturers expand, diversify operations, and incorporate new production lines, equipment, and innovative technology.


Another recipient of funding from the Manufacturing Jobs Fund is Cobble Hill-based C.W. Creative Woodcraft. This cabinet and millwork manufacturer, specializing in using second-growth fiber, will receive approximately $286,000. The funding will contribute to the expansion of its facility, the addition of new machinery, a doubling of production capacity, reduction of waste, and the creation of up to 14 jobs.


Premier David Eby highlighted the importance of supporting forestry jobs to benefit families across the province, particularly in smaller and rural communities. The initiative aims to maximize job creation from each tree through domestic manufacturing, contributing to a positive future for forest workers.