“At full capacity, it can run 820 million square feet of product which is enough, if you think about it, it’s enough to built 75,000 houses each year out of that plant,” Plant Manager, Wayne Perry explained to the crowd.
LP Peace Valley OSB is clearly no stranger to the Peace region, as they have plants in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, hosting family-friendly events in both communities.
“We are corporate citizens,” Perry proclaimed. “There are a few events; we were involved in the Pay it Forward thing earlier in the year where we were outside of Tim Hortons. We’ve just given some money to the Baldonnel School to help with the speed sign improvement.”
As a corporate citizen, Perry says a core element of the company’s values and goals is to empower their employees “to do the right thing” and are always putting safety and the environment first.
“Safety is really important to us and we want to make sure we’re striving to achieve zero incidents, and so far this year, we’ve achieved zero incidents,” Perry said. “We’ve gone periods of times and years without an incident in the past.”
Perry adds, “We have strong belief in doing the right thing from an environmental stand-point, being an environmental steward and doing everything we can.”
Enter MDI resin and LP Peace Valley OSB’s application for approval from the Ministry of Environment and the Environmental Assessment Office.
Environmental Manager of Peace Valley OSB, Lindsay Sahaydak says approval for its use will ultimately reduce pollutant emissions and the risk of injury to their employees, which includes a lower risk of fire and sparking, as well as allowing more moisture in the product resulting in an easier ability to run high density products.
“We do maintain really good compliance on that stack as far as particulate formaldehyde goes, but this will allow us to go with the whole continuous improvement concept where we’re emitting less all of the time,” Sahaydak explained in a previous interview.
The Ministry of Environment has already allowed a test of MDI inside the facility, illustrating a positive outcome when associated with hygiene testing, air quality control, and stack testing.
The plant also uses an advanced vacuum system which filters both the particulate matter and smoke, redistributing the fumes and minimizing the harmful attributes.
LP Peace Valley OSB is hosting an open house for the public to attend as an opportunity for the public to learn more about MDI and the progress in which the application has made.
The open house is being held October 2nd from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre and will be attended by members of the Ministry of Environment.