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AbitibiBowater cuts paper production at Canadian mills, closes Beaupre


September 21, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

AbitibiBowater will indefinitely idle paper machines at several Canadian and U.S. mills as part of its restruc…

AbitibiBowater will indefinitely idle paper machines at several Canadian and U.S. mills as part of its restructuring efforts and to adjust to falling demand for newsprint and printing papers, effective Oct. 31.

According to a report from Canadian Press on Aug. 18, the company will completely shut down operations at its Beaupre, Que., mill which produces digital printing paper. The move will leave 340 workers unemployed.

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AbitibiBowater will also idle paper machine 4 at the Clermont, Que., mill, and will cut newsprint production by half at the Bowater Mersey mill in Brooklyn, N.S. PM 4 is one of two newsprint machines at the Clermont facility. Its shutdown puts 120 employees out of work.

In Fort Frances, Ont., a paper machine producing commercial printing paper will be shut down, putting 75 workers out of work. The Fort Frances facility also produces NBSK pulp.

AbitibiBowater is also idling one newsprint machine at Coosa Pines, Ala.


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