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Province pulls plug on UPM licenses


January 6, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The provincial government has revoked UPM- Kymmene’s Crown licences in New Brunswick. The company closed up shop in…

The provincial government has revoked UPM- Kymmene’s Crown licences in New Brunswick. The company closed up shop in the Maritime province in March 2007, but managed to hold on to its licenses, a discrepancy president of the Communications Energy and Paperworks Union Chris Allison is more than happy to see addressed.

This is about a year and five months too late for me, that’s about all I can say, Allison said. I have no idea why it took this long, the Times and Trancript reported him as saying. But Ill be glad when theyre gone.

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UPM-Kymmene was once the biggest employer in Miramichi, but a series of closures that culminated in the shutdown of its paper and groundwood pulp mills in 2007 left more than 1,000 workers without jobs. According to the Times and Transcript, UPM wants to leave the province altogether.

The company’s Crown allocations will be revoked by March 31 of this year.


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