The announcement at Monday’s borough meeting that construction of a new sawmill could begin as early as this spring, was good news.
The employment of 35 to 50 employees will bring new people and new dollars to Petersburg.
With the departure of Petersburg’s largest sawmill in 1987, which relocated to Haines, Petersburg lost over a million dollar annual payroll. Salmon and crab harvests were so substantial; the town’s economy barely felt the loss of the timber income.
Both Stikine River Forest Products owner John Glenn and Forest Service Ranger Jason Anderson think the region can provide the required 20 million board feet of timber to keep the mill operating.
We’re encouraged at the prospect of a significant new industry looking to make its home in Petersburg. It’s good for the borough, the school district and all the businesses that will be needed to support the mill operations.