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Norampac to Idle Toronto Boxboard Mill

July 2, 2008 - Norampac today said that it will close its Toronto boxboard mill for an indefinite period of time, due to unfavourable factors.

Nearly 140 employees will be affected by this closure, which will be effective at the latest on September 14, 2008, Norampac said.

The Toronto mill has an annual production capacity of about 180,000 short tons of coated recycled boxboard (CRB).

"This decision was taken to mitigate the negative impacts of several factors such as high labor costs, growing fiber supply costs and rising energy costs. Unfortunately, we do not have any other choice at this point than to suspend the mill's operations," said Marc-Andre Depin, Norampac's president and CEO.

During the shutdown period, Norampac's East Angus (QC), Jonquiere (QC) and Versailles (CT) mills will ensure the supply of CRB to customers, the company said.

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