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Grand Falls Mill Produces Last Roll of Newsprint

Feb. 13, 2009 - AbitibiBowater's mill in Grand Falls-Windsor produced its final roll of newsprint yesterday, ending a century of papermaking in central Newfoundland.

It also left some 800 workers without a job.

In a Canadian press news story, Ken McDonald, who helped unload the last roll of paper, said his co-workers were full of gloom.

"It's pretty sad in there," McDonald said after leaving his final shift.

McDonald had worked at the mill for 38 years.

In December 2008, Abitibi announced that it would remove 830,000 metric tons of newsprint from the marketplace. Among plant and machine closures; the Grand Falls mill and its 205,000 tons of newsprint capacity.

Abitibi said the decision to close the mill was a combination of declining demand for newsprint and high delivered cost.

According the news story, some of the mill's employees will continue working until some time in March helping to secure and clean up the site.

SOURCE: The Canadian Press, and AbitibiBowater Inc.




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