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White Birch presents ultimatum to Stadacona employees


January 9, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

White Birch Paper Company has presented a proposal to the employees of the idled Stadacona paper mill in Quebec City, Quebec, which it calls “the final opportunity to implement the savings necessary for Stadacona to avoid permanent closure.”

White Birch Paper Company has presented a proposal to the employees of the idled Stadacona paper mill in Quebec City, Quebec, which it calls “the final opportunity to implement the savings necessary for Stadacona to avoid permanent closure.”

White Birch temporarily idled the newsprint facility on Dec. 9, 2011.

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The company statement says the proposal reflects significant manufacturing cost disadvantages, as well as the ongoing deterioration of economic conditions in the newsprint industry.

Commenting on the proposal, Christopher Brant, president, White Birch Paper Company said, “While I remain acutely aware of the pain that Stadacona’s idling has already imposed on our valued employees and community, I must emphasize that the situation at the mill is extremely grave. Without significant reductions in salary, pension benefits and other costs Stadacona simply cannot survive.”

Brant continued, “Acceptance of this proposal is essential for the mill to resume operations and will help ensure the mill’s long-term viability, while reestablishing its position as a valued employer in the Quebec community.”  

White Birch is a manufacturer of newsprint, directory paper and paperboard, with three mills located in Canada.


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