Shutdowns in Thunder Bay
January 19, 2009 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Another round of cuts at AbitibiBowater’s plant in Thunder Bay, ON will put 700 people out of work. The compa…
Another round of cuts at AbitibiBowater’s plant in Thunder Bay, ON will put 700 people out of work. The company plans to shut down its newsprint operation from February 1 to March 2 and its pulp facility from February 4-25.
The announcement comes of the heels of a four-week closure that tried to rebalance inventories and to offset the impact of the economic downturn, Canadian Press reported.
CP further reported AbitibiBowater as saying high electricity costs have made pulp production an expensive venture, and that the $11 increase in Ontario industrial electricity rates has wiped out the benefits of rebates Ontario pulp makers are entitled to.
The company is also closing its Thunder Bay sawmill and woodlands operations for one week starting February 9, impacting an additional 400 employees.
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