Community trust in negotiations to reopen Prime sawmill

Some of the 100 workers faced with losing their jobs at a Gisborne sawmill could find work at nearby mothballed sawmill which plans to reopen.

Eastland Community Trust (ECT) said it was in the “final stages” of negotiations with a New Zealand-based sawmiller, which is likely to buy and recommission Prime sawmill in Manutuke “in the very near future”.

ECT’s economic development agency, Activate Tairawhiti, general manager Steve Breen said the organisation wanted to help JNL with its process to scale back its Gisborne plant by collaborating with the industry to avoid or minimise the impact of possible job losses.

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