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Northern Ontario company donating lumber to Houston

Spokesperson says it's time to put politics aside
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Canada and the United States are currently at loggerheads over softwood lumber duties, but Resolute Forest Products plans to donate a rail car full of Canadian lumber to hurricane-ravaged Houston, Tex.

Resolute is also challenging other Canadian lumber manufacturers to follow suit.

Company vice-president Seth Kursman says this is the time "to put politics aside and help our neighbours at a time of need."

Kursman, who moved to Canada from Houston 15 years ago, said he raised the idea of sending a "truckful" of lumber and supplies to help rebuild the Texas city, but company CEO Richard Garneau suggested sending a rail car and encouraging other companies to send a donation as well.

"There's a gesture of good will that I know is very much appreciated, having been in contact with local, state and federal officials in the U.S.," Kursman said in an interview on Monday,

He noted that a rail car can carry 100 thousand board feet of lumber, and "that's a lot of lumber."

The Resolute contribution will come from a mill in Quebec.