Multiply Forest Products says it has caught up with all its standing orders and shipped the first of many from its Longac, Ontario mill. The announcement comes less than one month after a fire gutted its Nipigon, Ontario mill February 6, 2007.

The Longac mill, which is situated two hours north of Nipigon, is virtually identical in design to its sister mill. During the transition and rerouting from one mill to another, a few orders were lost to the Russian and Chinese facilities, according to Doug Melien, Multiply’s vice president.

Despite that, “We have been awestruck by the overwhelming support and community support we have seen. Our customers and our employees have especially been loyal,” adds Melien. “We are the largest, oldest and most trusted producer out there…and we have been humbled by the responses we have received.”

In the meantime, plans are underway for a “turnkey facility” that will bring the Longac mill to first-class standards within 18 months to two years, says Melien.

Multiply’s management is also seeking the advise of several engineering firms to determine if rebuilding the Nipigon mill is feasible.