A change in mindset, finances and equipment enabled a forest products company in northwest Ontario to overcome the many challenges facing its industry.
Elizabeth Bernier and her husband, Joel St. Onge, have grown St. Onge Logging in Sioux Lookout from a small operation into a major North America supplier of lumber and woodchips.
The company originally harvested timber for Canada and export to the U.S. But when the recession hit in 2008, St. Onge Logging faced closure along with other industry players in the region. The couple had to refinance and restructure to survive.
Giving up was out of the question