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Norampac’s Red Rock on shaky ground


November 1, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

They may have been spared the initial lay-off, but the 300 workers remaining at Norampac’s Red Rock plant may be fo…

They may have been spared the initial lay-off, but the 300 workers remaining at Norampac’s Red Rock plant may be forced to make difficult concessions in order to keep their jobs.

A month and a half after the mill closed one of its papermachines and cut 94 jobs as a result, comes news that the plant’s workforce may be asked to be acquiescent if the facility is to stay open.

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According to the Chronicle-Journal, Norampac CEO Marc-Andre Depin has confirmed that unless workers concede to being flexible, the company will not invest the capital necessary to making the linerboard plant profitable.

Although the implications of ‘flexible’ have yet to be defined, the Chronicle-Journal reported that it could involve the installation of a co-generation plant should workers be yielding.

The Thunder Bay-based publication further reported that Depin is seeking government aid for the mill.

Although concrete numbers haven’t been decided upon, as many as 175 people could be thrown out of work.


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