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Groveton Paperboard Mill Ceases Production

Jan. 2, 2006 - Groveton Paperboard on Friday (Dec. 30) informed its 108 workers that they are being laid off and the Groveton, New Hampshire plant closed. The plant produces corrugating medium.

According to a news report in The Caledonian-Record, management told employees that the plant would stop production at 7 a.m. Sunday.

"A lot of us were expecting this, now we can go on with life," Peter Morey told The Caledonian-Record. Morey, 57, has worked at the plant for 37 years.

In a written statement, plant manager Thomas Pitts said, "the decision to cease production is because of high energy and freight costs and the mill's limited operations capability."

The Groveton mill is jointly owned by International Paper and Smurfit-Stone Container. In July, IP announced that it would try to divest its interest in the mill.

The 60,000 tpy plant will be completely closed March 1, 2006.

In addition, The Caledonian-Record reported that the Groveton site is also home to Wausau Paper's fine paper operations, which will remain in operation.

David Atkinson, vice president of operations of the Wausau mill, said the two mills are in the same plant and share some of the same buildings, but are completely separate since the late 1960s.

SOURCE: The Caledonian-Record




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