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Catalyst Crofton mill temporarily lays off more than 70 workers


September 27, 2019
By P&PC Staff

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Paper Excellence Canada has temporarily laid off more than 70 employees at its Catalyst Crofton pulp and paper mill in British Columbia.

According to the Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle, the mill’s package grading and newsprint machines were shut down on Sept. 25. Operations are expected to resume in about two weeks, but there is no set date for a restart.

Workers were given notice nine days ahead of time. Some will be involved in maintenance projects during the downtime.

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The head of Unifor Local 1132 told the Chronicle that the shutdown is due to lower demand for newsprint and the high cost of wood chips – which have been unavailable from the mill’s usual supplier, Western Forest Products, where employees have been striking since July.

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