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Kruger’s Trois-Rivires mill gets reprieve: One line to continue operating


October 9, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Kruger has reversed its decision to shut down all coated paper production at its Trois-Rivières mill, a…

Kruger has reversed its decision to shut down all coated paper production at its Trois-Rivières mill, announcing in early October that it will keep one of the two production lines in operation.

After announcing last July that it would halt all coated paper production on October 30, Kruger now says one production line will remain in operation as long as market conditions are favourable, therefore preserving 120 jobs. The company says it was able to implement a more efficient production method and credits efforts made by the mill’s employees to reduce production costs.

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Annual coated paper production will be reduced from 130 000 tonnes to 75 000 tonnes. The other production line, as well as the debarking and groundwood pulp plants, will be shut down indefinitely on October 13, two weeks earlier than initially planned. Approximately 280 employees will be laid off gradually in order to facilitate the shut down of the concerned departments.

Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, plus green and renewable energy.


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