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Starts, Stops, Changes (May 01, 2009)


May 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Catalyst Paper has announced further staffing reductions. Approximately 100 staff positions will be affected. Permanent reductions will occur mainly at the Richmond and Nanaimo offices while the indef…

Catalyst Paper has announced further staffing reductions. Approximately 100 staff positions will be affected. Permanent reductions will occur mainly at the Richmond and Nanaimo offices while the indefinite layoff of 55 salaried staff will take place at the Elk Falls mill and Crofton pulp mill. Both mills were curtailed indefinitely at the end of February.

“The steps we are taking today will continue to bring costs down as we strive to put in place the lean manufacturing structure necessary for what could be a smaller paper market going forward,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.

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The unprecedented layoffs reflect the severity of recent demand declines and the likelihood that curtailed production will not restart in the short term.

St. Marys Paper in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., idled two of its three paper machines for inventory-related downtime and temporarily laid off about 60 workers, according to a report in the Sault Star. The production curtailment is expected to last one month.

The mill produces supercalendered paper for use in catalogs, magazines, and advertising inserts.

Mill production will be handled by paper machine #5, which can produce about 60% of the mill’s 240,000-tonne annual output, according to the Sault Star.


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