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Shutdown at Port Alberni


August 22, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

In other Catalyst Paper news, the company is shutting down its Port Alberni mill for an indefinite period of time.

In other Catalyst Paper news, the company is shutting down its Port Alberni mill for an indefinite period of time.

The groundwood pulp facility will close its doors on September 30.

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The groundwood pulp being produced at the mill will be replaced with de-inked pulp supplied by the company’s paper recycling division in Coquitlam.

The company anticipates the move will reduce fibre costs and help balance fibre demands across divisions, as the mill looks to cut back on its costs.

“Inefficiency and quality programs have driven the cost of de-inked pulp down to the point where it is now part of an interim solution for our highest cost production at Port Alberni,” said Ron Buchhorn, senior vice president, operations.

“We know an indefinite shutdown is tough on the 60 employees and families affected by the layoffs and we continue to work with our unions on options that can make production at the mill more viable for the long haul.”


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