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Future uncertain for Prince Albert mill


August 29, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

News of the Domtar-Weyerhaeuser merger has renewed hope for the fate of the Prince Albert mill, but there are no de…

News of the Domtar-Weyerhaeuser merger has renewed hope for the fate of the Prince Albert mill, but there are no definitive plans yet.

Weyerhaeuser closed the Saskatchewan facility in April of this year, and close to 700 people lost their jobs as a result. In the interim, the provincial government has sought a potential buyer, but to date has failed to secure one.

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On the heels of the merger announcement, Sarah Goodman, Weyerhaeuser spokeswoman told CBC, “I can tell you that the leadership of the new company says it intends to work with both government and labour in Saskatchewan to see if the right conditions can be established to restart the Prince Albert facility.”

However, according to a report by the Prince Albert Daily Herald, provincial officials are having a hard time determining what the new company’s intentions for the facility are to be.

“I can’t say I received a response to all my concerns,” Eldon Lautermilch, minister responsible for the forestry secretariat said of a conversation he had with Raymond Royer, CEO of the ‘New Domtar.’

The Herald confirmed that Domtar conceded to holding a more in-depth conversation about the Saskatchewan facility in the next few days.


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