Vancouver, BC – San Group Inc. was presented with two BC Export Awards today – including Prestigious Overall – Exporter of the Year Award, after earlier winning Exporter of the Year in the Natural Resouces category. In accepting the honours, the company attributed its success to the many men and women who show up for work every day at its operations in Langley and Port Alberni.
The BC Export Awards pay tribute to the success, achievements and innovative approaches of BC’s top export companies.

San Group President Kamal Sanghera says there are a number of factors that make a company successful, but it starts with the people. “San Group started as a small lumber manufacturing facility in 1979. We have grown a great deal since then, but our staff and partners are very much part of our family as we enter 40 years of operations,” said Sanghera. “I want to thank all of those who have contributed to our success. This is a proud day for all of us.”

Sanghera also spoke of the important role of the entire industry. “As we all know, natural resources are the lifeblood of this province and we take great pride in managing these precious resources right through the supply chain, in a manner that is sustainable and uses innovation to ensure we are utilizing as much of the fibre as possible. It’s not just a slogan – it’s how we choose to do business.”

San Group currently employs more than 300 people through its operations in Langley and Port Alberni. However, that number will grow because of an agreement to purchase land on the Port Alberni Catalyst Paper mill site to construct a new sawmill that will increase its current workforce and provide a significant boost to the local economy.