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A worker labels lumber at the Eacom sawmill in Nairn Centre, west of Sudbury.
Lumber companies in northeastern Ontario are fearing a new trade war with the U.S. just as their industry is rebounding.
After the dark days in the middle of the last decade when many mills were shuttered across the region, the strengthening American housing market has seen the bottom lines improve and new jobs created.
But with the 10-year-old softwood lumber deal negotiated by the Conservative government expiring this fall, companies fear the U.S. will once again impose duties and tariffs on Canadian wood.
"We expect this market is going to continue its slow, steady recovery," said Jim Lopez, president of Tembec, which runs sawmills in Hearst, Kapuskasing, Cochrane and Chapleau.