LP reopening in Dawson Creek

While not back to their full workforce from two years ago, Louisiana Pacific (LP) is hiring again.

The building materials manufacturing company will make its first "substantial" hiring in Dawson Creek after more than two years, according to its plant manager.

"It's definitely positive," said Jeremy Barton, the plant manager. "It's one we've been awaiting for a couple of years."

In 2011, a halt in production of a particular type of structural panel (oriented strand board) and forced the company to layoff 88 people of its 114 workforce.

It was reported that the U.S. housing market slow-down was blamed as the reason for the shutdown. Barton said that in addition to parts of western Canada, the company sold these materials to the U.S.

However, last Monday, the company placed advertisements for new hires.

Mary Cohn, a corporate affairs manager for Louisiana-Pacific, said that the reason for this new round of hires was that their company saw the housing market in the U.S. steadily improve recently, and that they believed this would create a higher demand for OSB.

The company has posted positions for 15 production jobs, and other trades positions as well, such as millwright and electrician.

These new positions would not guarantee a high level of production, however. These positions are meant to improve production in preparation for what they believe will be additional demands for their materials.

Louisiana-Pacific builds materials like certain structural panels that are used in housing construction, amongst other things.

According to Bloomberg news company, "construction spending in the U.S. rose in February, paced by the highest level of home building in more than four years."

Since the ads were placed, Barton said that he has already seen interest from former LP employees and people who have not worked at LP before.

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