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Mercer International cutting staff at BC mill


July 17, 2013
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Mercer International Inc. has announced plans to cut jobs at its Celgar, BC pulp mill, in a bid to make it more competitive.

Mercer International Inc. has announced plans to cut jobs at its Celgar, BC pulp mill, in a bid to make it more competitive.

About 85 jobs will be affected over the next five years, the company reported. The majority though, will be cut in the next 12 months.

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“It is essential for the long-term viability and sustainability of the Celgar mill that it maintains a competitive cost structure compared to other producers in the face of ever increasing costs and other challenges,” said Jimmy Lee, Mercer’s president and CEO.

“A competitive cost structure is also essential to attract the necessary investment capital required to continue to modernize the mill and participate in growing bio-economy opportunities.”

The mill will continue operating with an annual capacity of approximately 520,000 air-dried metric tons of market northern bleached softwood kraft pulp. About 370 people will be employed at the mill once the reductions are complete in 2017, according to the company.

 


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