Tembec Smooth Rock permanently closes
December 5, 2006 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Tembec is permanently closing its Smooth Rock Falls market pulp mill. The facility had been indefinitely idled at t…
Tembec is permanently closing its Smooth Rock Falls market pulp mill. The facility had been indefinitely idled at the end of July, and now, after an analysis of the situation, the company decided that a future restarting of the mill is not feasible.
“The vintage and scale of this mill and its manufacturing costs relative to global competition, including the availability of affordable fibre, were all key factors in this decision,” said Yvon Pelletier, executive vice president and president of the company’s pulp group. “After thoroughly reviewing current and future economic conditions, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close the mill.”
The mill employed a total of 229 people. According to Pelletier, the company plans to provide both financial and services support to its workers. “The company intends to act in a manner that will ensure that employees receive their severance pay in the next few weeks. The company will also take appropriate measures, including the provision of counseling and support services for affected employees,” he confirmed.
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