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Abitibi closes Fort William


February 20, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

February 25 will mark the indefinite idling of Abitibi-Consolidateds Fort William paper mill in Thunder Bay, ON. T…

February 25 will mark the indefinite idling of Abitibi-Consolidateds Fort William paper mill in Thunder Bay, ON. The mill has an annual production capacity of roughly 145,000 tonnes of commercial printing paper. This move will affect 265 employees at the mill, and an additional 88 woodlands workers.

In spite of the efforts of our people to identify and implement opportunities for cost reductions, current market conditions, combined with high production costs, have led to this difficult but necessary action, said Alain Grandmont, senior vice president, commercial printing papers.

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The Fort William mill has undergone frequent market-related shutdowns over the past six months, and was on the companys in-depth review list in 2005. An effort to sell off the facility was not successful.


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