Merritt mayor says city doing 'quite well' one year after Tolko mill closure

By Jill Sperling
January 7, 2018 - 11:10am

MERRITT, B.C. — A little over a year after the Tolko sawmill in Merritt closed, mayor Neil Menard says the city is doing 'quite well.'

"The businesses felt it a little bit at first, because they were concerned," he said, "but I think right now we're back to an even keel and everybody is feeling good and doing okay." 

Menard says that concern spawned from the loss of more than 200 jobs in the community when the mill closed in December 2016. 

He says the community did what it could to support those who were left without employment. 

"The transition committee did a really good job working with all those that were affected, a number retired, I don't think any left the city."

Some former Tolko employees have gone on to further education, while others are commuting to work elsewhere. 

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