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Martin Fairbanks
Martin Fairbanks

Early settlers in Newfoundland lived a harsh existence on the banks of the Exploits River.

The story is a familiar one to Newfoundlanders, abandoning their homes for an unknown existence in a far away land.

The isolation meant accomplishing a day’s work could mean the difference between survival and death.

Much like the paper barons and early pioneers driven to produce results, Martin Fairbanks prefers to be able to hold something tangible in his hands after a long days work.

“I didn’t really aim for the industry,” said Fairbanks. “I really liked doing work that produced tangible results, and improved a process.”

It is what led Fairbanks into a 30-year career with what is now Resolute Forest Products, a company once known as the Anglo Newfoundland Development Company (ANDCO).

In 1909 the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (ANDCO) started a pulp and paper mill in Grand Falls.

The mill ownership changed in 1965 to Abitibi-Price Inc., which became Abitibi Bowater and eventually Resolute Forest Products.

A recently released book authored by Fairbanks, “Resolute Roots,” takes a look at the development of the forest products industry and the mills that made up the company.

“I’ve always been interested in the history of each mill when I was working in them and the common threads,” said Fairbanks. “For instance, if you look at the Grand Falls (Windsor) mill it started out as the Anglo Newfoundland Development Company, then it was acquired by Price, then Abitbi and so on.”

The book chronicles the rise and fall of the paper industry and the Grand Falls-Windsor mill.

“The guys on the front line in the forest, what a life they had,” said Fairbanks. “The felling of the tress was in the winter, and they camped basically in a shanty that was heated by wood fires, they worked longer than the sun was up. They had four meals a day, that was the only good thing.”

The book follows the evolution of the company and the pioneers who built it, through two world wars and numerous technological revolutions.

The book is self-published by Fairbanks and is available for purchase at http://www.martinfairbank.com/resoluteroots.htm.

Patrick.murphy@tc.tc

The story is a familiar one to Newfoundlanders, abandoning their homes for an unknown existence in a far away land.

The isolation meant accomplishing a day’s work could mean the difference between survival and death.

Much like the paper barons and early pioneers driven to produce results, Martin Fairbanks prefers to be able to hold something tangible in his hands after a long days work.

“I didn’t really aim for the industry,” said Fairbanks. “I really liked doing work that produced tangible results, and improved a process.”

It is what led Fairbanks into a 30-year career with what is now Resolute Forest Products, a company once known as the Anglo Newfoundland Development Company (ANDCO).

In 1909 the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (ANDCO) started a pulp and paper mill in Grand Falls.

The mill ownership changed in 1965 to Abitibi-Price Inc., which became Abitibi Bowater and eventually Resolute Forest Products.

A recently released book authored by Fairbanks, “Resolute Roots,” takes a look at the development of the forest products industry and the mills that made up the company.

“I’ve always been interested in the history of each mill when I was working in them and the common threads,” said Fairbanks. “For instance, if you look at the Grand Falls (Windsor) mill it started out as the Anglo Newfoundland Development Company, then it was acquired by Price, then Abitbi and so on.”

The book chronicles the rise and fall of the paper industry and the Grand Falls-Windsor mill.

“The guys on the front line in the forest, what a life they had,” said Fairbanks. “The felling of the tress was in the winter, and they camped basically in a shanty that was heated by wood fires, they worked longer than the sun was up. They had four meals a day, that was the only good thing.”

The book follows the evolution of the company and the pioneers who built it, through two world wars and numerous technological revolutions.

The book is self-published by Fairbanks and is available for purchase at http://www.martinfairbank.com/resoluteroots.htm.

Patrick.murphy@tc.tc

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