Boise Louisiana Mill to Resume Normal Operations
Sept. 4, 2008 - Boise Inc. said that operations impacted by Hurricane Gustav are expected to return to full production sometime today. The company's containerboard and newsprint operations in DeRidder, Louisiana, were curtailed in advance of the storm.
"Our curtailment allowed adequate time for employees to evacuate safely from the storm and to ensure an orderly shutdown of our facility," said Robert Strenge, senior vice president, manufacturing. "No employees were injured in the storm, and the facility sustained no damage. The mill is environmentally stable and experienced no upsets during the storm."
The company's containerboard and newsprint operations in DeRidder have an annual capacity of over one million tons.
Downtime at the mill is expected to be approximately 10,000 tons, including 3,500 tons of newsprint and 6,500 tons of linerboard, Boise said.
"The lessons learned from Hurricane Rita in 2005 served this facility well," Strenge noted. "Our employees did an excellent job of preparing for Hurricane Gustav to protect people and assets."
SOURCE: Boise Inc.