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MeadWestvaco to Close Laurel Paper Mill in Mass.

Aug. 23, 2007 - MeadWestvaco late yesterday said that it will discontinue operations at its Laurel specialty papers mill in South Lee, Massachusetts by December 31, 2007.

About 70 positions will be eliminated.

The mill primarily produces wear resistant overlay (WROL) for laminate flooring products.

The closure of the Laurel mill is in response to the overall decline in demand for traditional WROL products, continued structural shift to alternative wear-layer technologies, and the increased development of lower cost products from overseas markets, MeadWestvaco said.

"The decision to close our Laurel facility is based on careful analysis of our operations, consultation with industry leading customers, and the evolving needs of the global marketplace," said Mike Huth, president of MeadWestvaco Specialty Papers.

"We are carefully identifying areas in which we can improve competitiveness, and are taking the necessary steps to create a focused operational structure that will best serve our diverse customer base and achieve our financial goals," he added.

According to the company, certain production at this facility will be transferred to its Willow mill in South Lee, Mass., and to the Cedar mill in Potsdam, New York.

SOURCE: MeadWestvaco Corp.




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