Major Nova Scotia sawmill to shut down, throwing 150 out of work

Freeman Lumber cites closure of Northern Pulp, lack of wood chip markets as the cause.

Western Nova Scotia’s last major sawmill is shutting down.

Freeman Lumber announced Thursday that the Greenfield-based outfit could no longer afford to operate due to a lack of markets for wood chips following the closure of the Northern Pulp mill earlier this year.

The move means the loss of about 150 jobs, millions of dollars in the local economy in Queens County and surrounding areas and spillover into the broader forestry industry.

“It’s terribly troubling,” co-owner Richard Freeman said in a phone interview.

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