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Newpage integrating former Stora Enso NA


January 20, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Miamisburg, OH — NewPage Corporation announced key steps being taken to integrate NewPage and the former Stora Ens…

Miamisburg, OH — NewPage Corporation announced key steps being taken to integrate NewPage and the former Stora Enso North America (SENA) facilities and services.
Mark A. Suwyn, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of NewPage, said, “These restructuring decisions will create the platform essential to become one company, remain competitive in the marketplace, serve our customers more efficiently and reach $265 million of synergies we have committed to achieve. Despite the permanent closures being announced, we are merging the operations in a manner that will actually increase our 2008 North American production by 3-8% compared to the combined production in 2007.”
Rick Willett, president and chief operating officer, added, “We believe our customers will benefit from our closing slower, lower volume, less strategic machines and moving affected grades to machines that can manufacture them most efficiently, yielding a higher quality, more consistent product. Closing one of our converting facilities and transitioning sheeting operations will result in better geographical distribution, more capacity for sheets, faster turnaround and delivery times for custom sizes, and a wider range of sheet sizes.”
The specific restructuring actions include the permanent closure of PM11 in Rumford, ME, the pulp mill and PM43 and 44 in Niagara, WI, PM95 in Kimberly, WI, and the converting facility of Chillicothe, OH. All of these are scheduled to take place in 2008.

Products produced on the closed machines will be transitioned to more efficient paper machines within the companys integrated mill system. NewPage also owns Port Hawkesbury, NS.

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