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Eight-week shut planned for papermachine at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper


March 4, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

About 30 unionized employees at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper in Newfoundland are facing temporary layoffs after the …

About 30 unionized employees at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper in Newfoundland are facing temporary layoffs after the mill’s parent company, Kruger, announced Tuesday the No. 4 paper machine will be shut down for an eight-week period starting later this month.

The move is part of Kruger’s plan to cut production by 32,000 tonnes at its three Canadian newsprint mills in response to poor market conditions. Nearly half of that – 15,000 tonnes – will be taken at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper.

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According to an article in The Western Star, the No. 4 shutdown, which will run between March 22 and May 18, will curtail production by 13,000 tonnes. The additional 2,000 tonnes will be cut back when the mill’s two other machines are shut for three days, after No. 4 is back up.

A Kruger spokesperson was quoted in the article as saying the 30 workers affected by the shutdown will hopefully be able to take some vacation time to soften the impact. The three-day shut of the mill’s two other machines is part of regular maintenance, the article said.   


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