Kruger announces indefinite, partial closures at Trois-Rivires and Wayagamack
June 1, 2010 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Kruger Inc. will cease coated and supercalendered paper production at the Trois-Rivières Mill and exten…
Kruger Inc. will cease coated and supercalendered paper production at the Trois-Rivières Mill and extend the interruption of directory paper production at the Wayagamack Mill for an indefinite period of time.
The company cites persistently unfavourable market conditions and the strong Canadian dollar as reasons for these decisions.
At the Trois-Rivières mill, the No. 1 (coated paper) and No. 6 (supercalendered paper) paper machines, and the No. 8 coating machine will be shut down indefinitely, effective June 11, 2010.
This measure will affect approximately 320 employees in production, maintenance and administration. The mill, however, will continue to produce newsprint, employing almost 300 people.
The No. 3 machine at the Kruger Wayagamack mill, which had stopped making directory paper on December 31 and was to resume operations in June, will be idled indefinitely. The extended shutdown will affect approximately 120 employees. However, the mill will maintain coated paper production, which means continued employment for more than 350 employees.
Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy, and wines and spirits.
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