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Prince Albert closes


April 17, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

It may not have come as a shock, but the blow had just as heavy of an impact. Weyerhaeuser officially closed its pu…

It may not have come as a shock, but the blow had just as heavy of an impact. Weyerhaeuser officially closed its pulp mill in Prince Albert, leaving 700 people without jobs, and threatening the employment of many others. The futures of several surrounding sawmill operations are already hanging in the lurch in response to the closure.

April 13 marked the official closure, but announcements concerning the looming shutdown came as early as last year.

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Town officials have remained remarkably upbeat in face of the closure. According to a report by the CBC, Prince Albert Mayor Jim Stiglitz responded to news of the shut down by saying, “Prince Albert has been through some hard times before [and] we’ll get through this one.”

In the interim, the search for a new owner is in progress.


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