Midway Mill Donation Elevates Trades Training at Local High Schools

Midway, B.C. – Vaagen Fibre Canada (Vaagen) is pleased to donate to Boundary Central Secondary School and Grand Forks Secondary School; each school receiving a Millermatic 211 welder machine. A piece of high-quality welder equipment that enhances the hands-on experience of trades students.

These welders will support the tech departments in both schools with opportunities to train students and further generate interest in the trades. As a local company, Vaagen sees the value in ensuring the next generation of workers has the proper equipment and expertise local industries are looking for.

“It’s important for us that our local students have up-to-date equipment that translates to the job opportunities we have available at our Midway mill,” said Dan Macmaster, Fibre Manager at Vaagen. “A big part of sustainability in the forest and sawmilling industries means hiring from our local communities and providing good-paying jobs for our students in the future.”

Shane Harcus, Maintenance Superintendent at Vaagen, knows how important it is for students to have the chance to work with reliable equipment applicable to the industry. Along with the Vaagen Mill Manager, Darryl Reekie, they saw an opportunity at both high schools to further students’ knowledge and understanding of welding, and good quality equipment is critical to that training.

“These Millermatic 211 welders will allow students to learn on quality equipment,” said Harcus. “Vaagen is proud to provide this experience to our local students and we look forward to future opportunities to work with our local schools.”

Air Liquide contributed to the donation package with wire and gloves for the students.

For details on forestry and production projects at Vaagen, view our website at www.vaagen.ca

For an Interview or Tour of Vaagen Fibre Mill in Midway contact:

Dan Macmaster, RPF, Fibre Manager

Vaagen Fibre Canada

dmacmaster@vaagen.ca | 250.528.0344

About Vaagen Fibre Canada

From woodlands to mill to market, Vaagen Fibre Canada specializes in efficiently processing small diameter logs into high quality dimensional lumber. Using innovation, technology, and collaboration, they focus on quality, efficiency, safety, and waste utilization with a focus on Sustainable Forestry and Supporting Rural B.C. Communities. Vaagen Fibre Canada is based in the rural community of Midway in the Boundary region of British Columbia employing 88 local workers and an additional 100 people through direct contracting.