A Port Moody-based mass timber and modular building manufacturer is exploring the former Jackpine Forests Product site in Williams Lake.
Massive Canada announced it is assessing the feasibility of re-activating the industrial building at 4400 Mackenzie Ave. North, although it does not own the property at this time.
The company said in a news release it has an offer in place to acquire the 178-acre industrial property, pending the outcome of the current due diligence process.
“Massive Canada retained the services of Williams Lake firms to investigate the building’s condition and the cost of restoring site services,” said Gaetan Royer, Massive Canada’s CEO in a news release. “Our plan is to invest in new mass timber and manufacturing facilities in BC, and Williams Lake may prove to be the right location.”
Williams Lake mayor Surinderpal Rathor said it is great news for Williams Lake.
“Staff and council have been working on this with full force,” he said. “Investment and job opportunities are great news for our community.”
Massive Canada describes itself as a building systems manufacturer and technology firm, said it plans to employ knowledge workers including engineers and computer-aided design technicians, along with construction tradespersons.
According the BC Assessment in 2023 there are two parcels. The value of the land is $648,000 for one and the total value for the other is $3,906,000 – $616,000 for the land and $3,390,000 for the buildings.
In 2018, the city said a buyer was potentially looking at the site for a federally-regulated cannabis facility.