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International Paper to Shut Howell, MI Packaging Plant

Jan. 26, 2009 - International Paper reportedly will permanently shutter its corrugated cardboard container facility in Howell, Michigan by the end of March, according to local news media.

IP cited the declining auto industry as the main factor behind the decision, as well as its acquisition of Weyerhaeuser's packaging business, which gives IP more than enough board-making capacity.

Spokeswoman Dawn Messer said if there are any openings, the company will make every attempt to offer jobs at other Michigan plants to affected Howell employees. "We'll work to assist (the employees) during the closing process," she said.

The Howell plant's general manager, Matt Mataya told The Livingston Community News that the actual plant closing date could be earlier or later than March 31.

"As always the most difficult part of this closure is the effect on employees, their families and the Howell community," said Mataya. "We will certainly work to assist them during the closure process," he added.

IP also has plants in Kalamazoo and Three Rivers.

The Howell plant opened in 1967 and produces 900 million square feet of corrugated packaging each year for automotive and industrial customers.

SOURCE: The Livingston Community News




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