Midway was devastated when, three years ago, its lumber mill closed. Residents of the tiny B.C. town, located just north of the U.S. border, started packing—200 were suddenly out of work—and the schools got ready to close. Then, a year ago, something incredible happened.
Midway and a few surrounding Kootenay communities banded together and, with the help of private investors—including 42 locals, who raised a total of $700,000—put together $1 million to buy the mill. They found a new tenant, and a $10-million mill refurbishment project brought life back to the community. But now they have to raise another $800,000 or lose their investment—and control of the mill.