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NORPAC reorganizes operations in face of Canadian-subsidized competition


August 21, 2017
By P&PC Staff

Aug. 21, 2017 – In an effort to stay competitive in the face of Canadian government-subsidized competition, the North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) has announced it will reorganize its operations.

This October, the company plans to reduce its production capacity by idling one of its three paper machines and expanding the remaining capacity to serve customers.

“As we seek to level the playing field under U.S. trade laws to counteract the dumped and subsidized imports from Canada, NORPAC will become a nimbler, stronger supplier to our customers by reorganizing around our two remaining paper machines,” said Craig Anneberg, NORPAC CEO. “Our company is constantly working to improve both our products and operations to remain competitive despite unfair import pricing and Canadian government-subsidized competition.”

He explained that NORPAC will use “all the tools at its disposal” under the U.S. trade law to address and counteract the dumped and subsidized imports from Canada.

The reorganization and expansion of capacity for its remaining paper machines follows NORPAC’s filing on August 9, 2017, of antidumping and countervailing duty petitions with the U.S. government.

“All of our employees have dedicated their careers to making NORPAC what it is today — one of the finest papermills in the world known for quality, service and innovation. The closure of a paper machine has been a very difficult decision for everyone involved,” added Anneberg. “We will do everything in our power to make sure our teams of employees have a level playing field to compete in the future. As we move forward, we will engage our teams in transition planning, which will include transition resources for impacted NORPAC employees.”