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Paper Excellence to restart paper machine at Crofton mill


November 24, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Paper Excellence Canada will restart the Number 3 paper machine at its Catalyst Paper mill in Crofton, British Columbia in early January 2021.

The move will bring 58 jobs back to the mill, bringing total employee count to approximately 560.

The company says the restart reflects the strong performance being delivered by Catalyst’s paper sales force, and by paper operations that have introduced food and packaging papers alongside the existing printing and writing grades.

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The machine was curtailed in the spring of 2020 after the impacts of an external malware attack, a forest fibre shortage and the COVID-19 pandemic simultaneously impacted paper production as well as global paper demand.

“We’re very excited to return to full production at Crofton,” says Patrick Corriveau, VP of paper and packaging at Paper Excellence.

“We’re one of only a few companies that’s actually resuming paper production so it’s a testament to the hard work of our salespeople and the quality of our products and papermakers.”

Paper Excellence’s Catalyst Crofton mill manufactures both pulp and paper products, adding nearly $3 million into BC’s economy every day. The mill uses 87 per cent renewable energy and has reduced its carbon emissions by 71 per cent since 1990.