McBride Working Towards ‘Rejuvenation’
Prince George, B.C.- It has been a little over two weeks since the BKB Cedar Manufacturing Mill in McBride went up in flames and the community continues to rally in an effort to recover.
Councillor Rick Thompson told his colleagues on the Board of Directors for the Regional District of Fraser Fort George the blaze was not only devastating to the owners of the company, but caused the loss of 35 plus jobs in the Robson Valley.
Still, Thompson says the community is working together “We have an excellent transition team at the moment, consisting of Provincial representatives, Regional District representatives and other service providers , the Red Cross to mention on. The employees are being looked after as best they can at this difficult time” says Thompson. He adds the employees still have a long road ahead “The difficulty will come in couple of months when they find out their pay cheques aren’t there.”
Thompson says McBride and the Robson Valley are trying to move forward “Our goal is to get the mill rebuilt and get our residents re-employed and get more diversity in the Robson Valley and McBride and to rejuvenate McBride.”