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CONSOLIDATION: NEXFOR MERGES OPERATIONS; SELECTS OSB SITE


February 1, 2000
By Pulp & Paper Canada
Nexfor has announced plans to consolidate its market pulp and specialty paper operations into a single business unit

TORONTO, ON — Nexfor Inc. has announced it has consolidated its market pulp and specialty paper operations into a single business unit. “We are combining our Thurso hardwood kraft pulp mill with our …

TORONTO, ON — Nexfor Inc. has announced it has consolidated its market pulp and specialty paper operations into a single business unit. “We are combining our Thurso hardwood kraft pulp mill with our Edmundston/Madawaska and midwest US paper operations into a single business entity with common operating goals and a lower over-all cost structure,” said Nexfor president and chief executive officer Dominic Gammiero.. Gammiero described the consolidation as a continuing action to streamline costs and simplify Nexfor’s structure into three business units: building materials (Norbord), pulp and paper (Fraser Papers) and European operations (CSC Forest Products). The 240 000-t/y NBHK Thurso mill will become part of Nexfor’s Fraser Papers. It will continue sales and marketing under the Thurso Pulp name, and will continue to introduce new grades of specialty pulp for high value end uses. In other news, Nexfor confirmed that the site of its new $120-million (US) oriented strandboard mill will be Chambers County, AL. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility is now underway following receipt of final approvals in late December. It is expected to take 16 months to complete. “The new mill is consistent with our strategy to grow our OSB presence in North America in response to increasing demand for this product,” Gammiero noted.

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