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Bowater to Curtail Paper Production at Thunder Bay Mill

Sept. 6, 2006 - Bowater said that it will curtail paper production at its Thunder Bay, Ontario, site. Up to 320 employees at the mill will be impacted by the outage.

According to Bowater, the production downtime will begin Sept. 16 and is expected to continue for a minimum of 15 days.

During this outage, Thunder Bay's pulp mill, woodyard and forest operations will continue to operate , Bowater said.

"Overall demand for market pulp remains strong, which is encouraging," said David J. Paterson, president and CEO. "However, the continued decline in consumption of North American newsprint coupled with high manufacturing costs at Thunder Bay, including energy and fiber, as well as the overall strength of the Canadian dollar, are factors in the decision to curtail this site's paper machines."

Bowater's newsprint and specialty papers customers will be served via other company locations, the company said.

Bowater's Thunder Bay site is located on the Kaministiquia River in Ontario. Its products include newsprint, market pulp and specialty paper. In addition to three paper machines, the Thunder Bay site includes a kraft pulp mill, thermo-mechanical pulp mill, recycling plant, multi-fuel biomass boiler and a cogeneration plant.

SOURCE: Bowater Inc.




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