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Tembec cancels Skookumchuck shutdown; cites positive changes


June 22, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Tembec has announced that the two-week shutdown of its Skookumchuck pulp mill that was set to begin on June 29 will…

Tembec has announced that the two-week shutdown of its Skookumchuck pulp mill that was set to begin on June 29 will not occur as planned.
This decision was attributed to some recent positive changes in the overall operating environment, including the effect of the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program announced by the federal government.
“While market conditions remain difficult, the recently announced Green Transformation Program and some modest improvement in pulp pricing and in fibre economics have sufficiently altered operating conditions to the point where running the mill is a better course of action,” says Yvon Pelletier, executive vice-president and president pulp group. “However, the operating environment remains challenging. In particular, the availability of economically viable fibre continues to be an issue.”
The Skookumchuck mill is located near Cranbrook, B.C. Tembec indicated it will continue to monitor economic and market conditions closely and will adjust operating rates accordingly.
Tembec is a diversified, integrated forest products company with operations in Canada and France.

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