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On the last day of August, three forest products companies reached an agreement with the Quebec government which ends the so-called forestry crisis in Quebec’s North Shore region. For most of the summer, several companies operating in the area had removed their equipment and ceased logging, citing higher costs.
Market conditions are being blamed for the indefinite closure of the No. 12 paper machine at Catalsyt Paper’s Rumford mill in Maine.  The machine has been temporarily curtailed on May 20, 2015.
The city of Prince Rupert is proceeding with the removal of assets and decommissioning of a pulp mill on Waston Island, B.C., which has been shut down since 2004. The aim is to make the site useable for new development.
Fortress Paper Ltd. reported 2015 second quarter EBITDA of $4.1 million, an increase of $6.6 million over the previous quarter and $10.1 million over the prior year. The dissolving pulp segment generated EBITDA of $2.1 million, making a positive EBITDA contribution to the company for first time. Fortress’ security paper products segment generated EBITDA of $3.4 million.
When announcing the permanent closure the paper and TMP operations at the Howe Sound mill. Paper Excellence explained that the company had gone through an extensive product review process and concluded the company’s future does not lie with paper products.
Resolute Forest Products recently won an appeal with the assessment review board regarding the assessment for its pulp and paper mill in Thunder Bay, Ont. The review board decreased the assessment for the mill to $32.6 million from $72.2 million, for the years from 2009 to 2012.
The Quebec government has formed a working group to examine fibre supply costs and the competitiveness of the province’s forest industry. Made up of representatives from the ministries of finance, the economy and forests, the “intervention unit” has been asked to deliver a report by the fall.
A new funding program from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions aims to increase the value derived from Alberta's abundant, renewable biomass resource with new products or technologies for the province's bioindustrial sector.
Paper Excellence has shut down the newsprint operations at Howe Sound Pulp & Paper, blaming deteriorating market conditions and drought conditions in southern British Columbia. The mill is located in Port Mellon. It will continue to produce kraft pulp and electrical power for sale to the B.C. grid.
July 22 marks the 30th anniversary of Cascades Inc.'s Research and Development Centre. The company says its facility is Canada's largest private research centre in the pulp and paper industry, with a team of 45 seasoned scientists, composed of chemists, microbiologists, engineers and technicians. The Research and Development Centre works in close collaboration with the company's Environment Department, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Chad Wasilenkoff is stepping away from the operational oversight of Fortress Papers’ two mills, promoting Yvon Pelletier to the position of president and CEO of Fortress Paper. Effective Oct. 1, Wasilenkoff will move from being president and CEO to the newly created role of Executive Chairman of the board of directors.
WestRock Company began operations on July 1, following the completion of the merger of two packaging companies: MeadWestvaco Corporation and Rock-Tenn Company.
Graphic Packaging International Canada has closed a mill in Jonquière, Que., that it acquired from Cascades just a few months earlier. The thermomechanical paperboard mill in Jonquiere ceased production on July 13. The closure will...
Speaking to the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers meeting on July 10, FPAC president and CEO David Lindsay discussed the journey of transformation that Canada’s forest products industry has undertaken. On behalf of the Forest Products...
PaperWorks Industries, Inc. of Pennsylvania has acquired CanAmPac, the parent company of coated recycled board (CRB) producer Strathcona Paper (Napanee, Ont.), folding carton manufacturer Boehmer Box and LYFT Visual graphic services.
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