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Miramichi mills start back up


May 2, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

After three months of being out of commission, Miramichi’s UPM-Kymmene mills are back in business.

After three months of being out of commission, Miramichi’s UPM-Kymmene mills are back in business.

The start-up came at a cost the millworker’s union conceded to a 5.5% wage rollback, in addition to a wage freeze for 2006, in an attempt to scale back operating costs.

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The company’s groundwood mill in Nelson resumed operations on April 28, and its coated paper mill is scheduled to start up on May 3.

During the hiatus, 36 mill employees visited European facilities, while an additional 97 attended pulp and paper courses at the New Brunswick Community College, the NB Telegraph Journal reported.

“Everybody is back and eager to put their new learnings into practice,” the Telegraph reported senior vice president and general manager of UPM Miramichi Timo Suutarla as saying.

A review of the mill’s operations will be conducted this summer. The company hopes to be profitable within eight months.


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