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Catalyst’s Powell River paper mill to reopen [UPDATED]

March 8, 2021  By P&PC Staff

Paper Excellence plans to restart Number 11 Paper Machine at Catalyst Powell River, a Paper Excellence company, on or around May 1.

In a statement, the company says the restart reflects the recent recovery in global paper markets and Paper Excellence’s commitment to the Powell River facility.

The machine was curtailed in the spring of 2020 after an external malware attack and the COVID-19 pandemic simultaneously impacted the mill’s paper production as well as global paper demand. A total of 200 jobs will return with the startup of the paper machine.


“This is long awaited good news for Powell River,” says Patrick Corriveau, vice-president of paper and packaging at Paper Excellence.

“We deeply appreciate the patience shown by our employees. We know the extended curtailment had a significant impact on them, their families, our business partners, and the greater community.”

Paper Excellence says it continues to be hopeful that improved global paper markets will enable it to restart the mill’s second paper machine later in 2021.

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