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Millar Western Reducing Pulp, Lumber Production

Feb. 10, 2009 - Millar Western today said that it will curtail production and layoff workers in its lumber and pulp operations in Alberta, Canada in response to the severity of the global economic decline and unprecedented weakness in market conditions.

Effective February 16, operating rates at the Whitecourt and Boyle sawmills will each be reduced by one shift, Millar said, cutting the company's total lumber output by approximately 15 million board feet per month.

As for pulp production, the company's Whitecourt pulp mill will curtail output by 10,000 tons per month.

The duration of the curtailments will be subject to market conditions, and reviewed on a month-to-month basis, Millar said.

Along with staff reductions made at the company's Edmonton head office, the production curtailments will result in termination or layoff for 138 employees.

Millar Western is a privately-owned forest products company headquartered in Edmonton and producing 450 million board feet per year of dimension lumber and 300,000 tonnes per year of high-yield pulp at operations in Whitecourt, Boyle and Fox Creek, Alberta, Canada.

SOURCE: Millar Western




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