Selin got help from his sons, namely Clifford (sawmill and general operations),
William (forestry operations), Jack (maintenance) and Bob (planer and sales).
the arrival of utility services in the area in the mid-60s, Nassau Lake's
main camp depended on diesel-powered generators to produce electricity.
There were houses for 55 families, camps for 100 workers, a school/church,
a general store, a recreation room with bowling allies and pool tables,
a television reception tower, garages and warehouses.
Selin Forest Products' village at Nassau Lake
donated by Mr. Réginald Veilleux)
was, at that point in time, the most important sawmill in the region, as
noticed by Paul Zorzetto who arrived in 1955 to work as a lumberjack after
answering a request for manpower in the Journal de Montréal.
"The company operated the first large sawmill in the North. It sawed
150,000 feet per 10 hour shift. The sole operation of the mill required
55 men per shift" (Excerpt from an interview with Paul Zorzetto, Le Nord,
September 1, 1976).
the late 1950s, the Henry Selin Forest Products mill was, according to
many observers, the most important sawmill in Eastern Canada, with an annual
production of 50 million feet of lumber.
Selin mill could count on three saw lines while most other sawmills only
benefited from one. Furthermore, the company innovated in many domains,
for example becoming the first in the region, and probably in Ontario,
to install and operate a chipper to make and sell wood chips.
of men worked in the forest, along with more than 200 horses before the
mechanization of forest operations. In this latter domain Henry Selin Forest
Products acted as a pioneer, introducing tractors, trucks, skidders and
cranes before many others.
carried lumber to the Selin planer in Hearst, along Highway 11 West. Wood
chips, meanwhile, were loaded in Wyborn on Algoma Central train cars and
shipped to the Marathon and Domtar factories.
of the company were among the first to unionize. In the fall of 1961, a
40-day legal strike preceded the signature of the first bargaining agreement.
During the work stoppage, the Hearst planer and the garage at Nassau Lake
were destroyed by flames.
having encountered many financial problems, Henry Selin Forest Products
was sold in 1967 to Helpert Lumber of Toronto. The company filed for bankruptcy
protection a few years later. In accordance with the company's agreement
with Transcontinental Timber, all installations were removed from their
Nassau Lake location.
factors appear to have contributed to the company's downfall. High transportation
costs for lumber and chips brought on by the mill's distance from the railroad,
astronomical costs of forest road building, a high rollover rate of employees,
and the untimely death of Clifford Selin in a car accident in 1965 are
all possible causes of Henry Selin Forest Products' demise.