Kenora Forest Products up for sale: Manitoba parent company files for bankruptcy.

The insolvent owners of Kenora Forest Products have placed the northwestern Ontario sawmill on the selling block.

Prendiville Industries, the Manitoba-based parent company of the mill, filed for bankruptcy on Dec. 5.

A process has begun to sell the operation to new ownership to restart the mothballed mill or liquidate its assets if nothing materializes.

The Kenora mill was the last operating asset of the privately-owned Winnipeg-headquartered company.

Prendiville's other operations in Manitoba--Prairie Forest Products, Norwest Manufacturing, Ryan Forest Products--were either permanently shuttered or sold in recent years.

Ernst & Young, the court-appointed trustee, is handling the bankruptcy process. Cafa Corporate Finance will oversee the sale process.

Prospective buyers must submit qualifying offers by Feb. 14. The closing deadline for a possible sale is April 3.

The mill's primary product is building studs, much of it sent to American customers.

During times of peak production, the sawmill employed 145.

After a recent round of layoffs involving 113, the mill workforce was reduced to nine and production was shut down.

The only product moving out of the Lakeview Drive mill across the border came from inventory.

The main secured creditors are CIBC (owed $13.9 million in loans), Business Development Bank of Canada (owed $1.5 million) and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (owed $3 million).

The 13-page list of unsecured creditors totals more than $28.7 million.

Prendiville intends to use proceeds from the mill sale to pay off its debts and put forward a "viable proposal to its unsecured creditors."

Prendiville acquired the mill in 1994 and operated at full production for 14 years until the U.S. housing market crashed in 2008.

The mill was shuttered until reopening in 2015 when lumber demand improved.

Prendiville invested $22...

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