Our History

Our History

December 1969 Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. was formed when Daishowa Paper Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and Marubeni Corporation joined forces with Weldwood of Canada to form a joint venture, Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company.
April 1970 Mill construction began at Quesnel, British Columbia.
November 1972 Mill construction completed and Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company began production.
March 1987 Government of Alberta and Daishowa announce the kraft pulp mill project to be situated in Peace River, AB.
April 1988 Construction of the Peace River Pulp Mill commences.
September 1989 The Forest Management Agreement with the Province of Alberta is signed.
July 1990 The start up of the Peace River Pulp Mill.
November 1992 DMI purchased the assets of Daishowa Canada’s Peace River Pulp Mill and two sawmills, High Level Forest Products Ltd. and Brewster Construction Ltd.
November 1998 Peace River Pulp Division (PRPD) conversion to 100% elemental chlorine-free pulp.
November 1999 DMI sold the assets of High Level Forest Products to Tolko Industries.
October 2000 DMI sold the assets of Brewster Construction to Sheehta Forest Products.
May 2002 The PRPD digester was converted to a down-flow low solids unit which allows for a 50% increase in pulp production over the design capacity.
April 2003 Daishowa Paper Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Japan was acquired and amalgamated into Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd..
October 2004 Full portable chipping implementation begins at PRPD with Peace River Logging, a partnership between DMI and the Woodland Cree First Nations, to provide offsite chipping.
December 2004 West Fraser Timber Co., Ltd. purchased Weldwood of Canada’s assets from International Paper and so assumed the new joint venture relationship with DMI at Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company.
May 2008 PRPD named an EnviroVista Leader for its 4th straight year in recognition of outstanding environmental performance.
June 2010 DMI Peace River Pulp Division receives $40.57 million under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program for a Green Power Enhancement project. The project is designed to generate clean, green energy from high-pressure steam and convert it to electricity for export.
June 2013 DMI PRPD selected as the winner of the Alberta Emerald Foundation Award for its Nutriboost Program. This program involves the land application of biosolids from its treatment process to farm fields supplying farmers with slow-release nitrogen and phosphorous nutrients to boost agricultural productivity and eliminate the need for commercial fertilizers.
December 2013 DMI PRPD receives the Peace River Chamber of Commerce Involvement Award of Excellence in recognition of outstanding contributions to community through the team member volunteer program, community donations, and overall commitment to the region.
February 2014 DMI PRPD named one of the top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in Canada for 2014 and is selected as the Top 8 Elite for Personal and Professional Growth from all Canadian entrants.
February 2014 DMI PRPD named one of the top 65 Employers within Alberta for 2014.