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Pulpwood suppliers take hit in Port Hawkesbury


January 2, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Not everyone in Port Hawkesbury is necessarily content with the conditions surrounding the reopening of the Stora E…

Not everyone in Port Hawkesbury is necessarily content with the conditions surrounding the reopening of the Stora Enso mill.

According to CBC, contractors who sell pulpwood to the facility say they have been forced to accommodate a 10% price cut in order to keep the mill open.

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“It’s tough to swallow when you’re out for so long, then you’re asked to cut wood cheaper again,” CBC reported Brent MacInnis, a woodland contractor located outside Sydney, as saying. MacInnis further confirmed that Stora Enso reduced the price it pays for wood by $5 a cord, and has altered the way it measures wood to take into account weight, as opposed to volume.

CBC further reported Stora Enso as saying it requested woodlot operators to accept a 10% price cut in order to help keep the mill in operation. Employees were additionally forced to take pay cuts.

“We are still paying a very competitive price, which I believe still may be the highest in the province,” CBC reported Patricia Dietz, Stora spokesperson, as saying.


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