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Wanted: Port Alice pulp mill workers


January 9, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The town of Port Alice is the new poster child for communities struck by pulp and paper mill closures.

The town of Port Alice is the new poster child for communities struck by pulp and paper mill closures.

Despite the reaching of a deal by Neucel Specialty Cellulose to buy the Vancouver Island pulp mill last month, there aren’t enough workers left in the town to manpower the facility, and get it up and running again.

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The CBC reported Neucel spokesperson Richard Bassett as confirming that 260 people are needed to work at the mill, but that only 200 are currently available to work in the Port Alice area. The CBC further reported that the shortage of workers has prompted Bassett to start looking for employees outside the area, such as Squamish, and Washington State.


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