Firm considers buying Tolko site in Merritt

When the Tolko Industries mill in Merritt shut down in December, Mike Heron took a long look at the community which had just lost more than 200 jobs and saw an opportunity.

“It happened when I came here around Christmastime. I had a chance to learn about the Tolko unfortunately having to close it’s doors, at the time leaving a significant gap for a community the size of Merritt,” said Heron, who is the president of IES Energy Inc.

He started to put together what he called a “wishlist” for the City of Merritt — ideas to bring large-scale industry into the Nicola Valley to replace the jobs lost by the Tolko closure.

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