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No. 11 Restarted at Wausau's Otis Mill in Maine

Jan. 7, 2009 - Wausau Paper has restarted the No. 11 paper machine at the company's Otis specialty paper mill in Jay, Maine, putting some 90 employees back to work.

The Sun Journal reported that the machine was restarted Monday (Jan. 5) after three weeks of market-related downtime and according to mill Director of Operations, Gary Garand, the mill is operating on a five-day mode.

A second paper machine at the mill, No. 10, was permanently shut down in mid-December "in response to dramatically increased input costs and difficult market conditions."

The decision to shutter No. 10 was announced in August 2008.

At the time of the announcement, Thomas J. Howatt, president and CEO, said, "While the release liner market remains a strategic focus for Wausau Paper, the high cost structure of the liner machine at our Otis mill has made it uncompetitive in today's business environment."

The Number 10 liner machine had a capacity of 40,000 tons per year and served the release liner market, along with a variety of smaller niche markets.

SOURCE: Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine and Wausau Paper




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