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Evergreen Pulp to Shut Down Indefinitely Due to Weak Market Conditions

Oct. 9, 2008 - The Evergreen Pulp mill in Samoa, California will shut down until markets rebound, the company announced Wednesday.

The plant warned last week that it might close temporarily when it announced it would cut up to 15 percent of its union and salaried workers. But as the markets for its pulp continued to weaken, Evergreen decided to take the more drastic measure.

Evergreen vice president Rex Bohn said that with a 48-day supply of pulp on the market and decreasing demand, the mill is spinning its wheels. It will keep a skeleton crew on for environmental and security reasons after the shutdown begins next week, Bohn said.

When the mill might restart is unknown, Bohn said.

"Hopefully it's not going to be very long,” he added.

The company, if and when it starts up again, will have fewer employees and fewer management positions than the current 215, said Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 49 president Richard Marks. He said the shutdown is disappointing, and will have reverberating effects on the local economy.

”My heart goes out to everyone who will be out of work for a while,” Marks said.

SOURCE: Excerpted from The Times-Standard




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