An adventure since 1957
A family-owned business with strong values
The Cossette family succeeded in forging a lasting business partnership and becoming a key occupant of the Val-d’Or industrial park : over the decades, they built, acquired, and operated over fifteen OSB plants, sawmills and other wood transformation facilities across Quebec.
The Cossette family has made its mark on the forestry industry by becoming in the previous century the largest producer of oriented strand board (OSB) panels in Canada.
As passionate entrepreneurs with a strong growth mindset, the Cossette family decided once again to use their expertise to enter into the Ontario market by acquiring this new plant in Wawa.
Today, they remains an innovative and successful company while being deeply committed to sustainable practices that respect raw materials and the environment.
Since its foundation, the Cossette family has been committed to creating and maintaining jobs in the region by forming a qualified and dedicated team. As one of the largest employers in Amos, Mont-Laurier and Ferme-Neuve, they aim to have a positive impact on the regional economy. The family business now has nearly 350 employees, including second- and third-generation relatives, as well as over 250 contractual employees working in the forest and is about to create new with Wawa’s project.
Board of directors
President : Marcel Cossette
Secretary : René Cossette
Vice-president R & D
Vice-president Sales & Marketing
Products & manufacturing process
The manufacturing process – OSB
At the beginning of the process, logs are placed in soaking tanks and heated for conditioning before sending them to the debarkers and stranders. The logs are thus transformed into strands of about 0.7 mm thickness, 150 mm long and 25 mm wide.
Lamellas are then dried in rotating drums at high temperatures (up to 200°C) for short periods of time. The thermal energy of the process is generated by a thermal power plant, which is supplied with bark, dust and wood residue.
The lamellas will then be directed to the mixing drums to coat them with wax and resin.
For the assembling of the mat, the strands are placed in a strategic orientation by the forming heads on a conveyor belt and transported towards the press.
The multiple opening press is loaded with 16 mats of size 8′ x 24′ on their grids.
Following the pressing, the panels are trimmed and graded according to quality (certified and rejected). The panels are then coated with a sealant that protects the faces and hedges of the panels from ambient humidity.