Wheat Straw pulp mill meetings set for Redvers

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People in and around the Redvers area are being encouraged to take part in a Public Investment Meeting with the Re-Gain Corporation that will take place on March 29th and 30th.

The corporation had previously proposed the idea of a wheat-straw pulp mill and is hoping to gather additional interest from investors in and around the community.

The pulp mill utilizes wheat-straw that would otherwise be waste material, according to Hjertaas.

He explains that by establishing the plant in the Redvers area the company will have access to local farmers who will be able to sell their wheat-straw.

Hjertaas, who represents the Re-Gain Corporation, says the meeting will be short and to the point.

“We’re trying to keep it relatively brief, so we’re only going to be talking for about twenty minutes hopefully.

“We’re going to go over a rundown of what our plan is to turn wheat straw into unbleached pulp.

“We also would like to see about local investment. It would be good if this was owned by people in the area or at least to some extent anyway,” Hjertaas said.

He says the corporation has already reached out to the RM of Antler and Town of Redvers and is now hoping for feedback from potential investors.

“I’ve delegated the town and the RM meeting and a few others. I’ve talked to other people about it too so most people know about it,” said Hjertaas.

“It’s getting to the point where it’d be nice if the rumors stopped and we actually met up.

“This way they can come and hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. What the plan is and what is going on.”

Hjertaas notes that farmers in the region have expressed interest in the pulp mill and hopes that this will attract investors.

“The farmers interested. It benefits them I think so I hope it’s a win-win. It’s good for the farmers, it’s good for the jobs in town so I hope they’re interested.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, pre-registration is required to attend the event.

People who want to reserve a spot in the meeting can email Martin Hjertaas at martin.hjertaas@re-gain.ca or call 1 (306) 840-7223. The meeting will be held in the Legion Hall in Redvers.

Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator