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Abitibi closes Quebec, Texas mills


December 11, 2003
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. indefinitely shuts the company’s Port-Alfred, QC, and Lufkin, TX, paper mills, as of Dece…

Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. indefinitely shuts the company’s Port-Alfred, QC, and Lufkin, TX, paper mills, as of December 14, 2003.
The shutdowns will reduce annual operating costs by at least $125 million and more than a million tonnes of downtime.
The closures affect 580 employees at the Lufkin mill and 640 employees at the Port-Alfred mill.
Abitibi-Consolidated also announced the closure of two previously idled paper machines, one in Port-Alfred and one in Sheldon, TX, representing a combined annual capacity of 230,000 tonnes of newsprint.

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