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SFK Pulp Extends Downtime in Quebec

April 1, 2009 - SFK Pulp today announced a one-week extension to the six-week production shutdown (initially announced on February 25) at its Saint-Felicien, Quebec NBSK pulp mill.

Including this one-week extension at the Saint-Félicien mill and previously announced downtime at the Fairmont, West Virginia RBK pulp mill, total capacity removed since the beginning of 2009 will amount to approximately 60,000 tonnes of NBSK pulp and 40,000 tonnes of RBK pulp, SFK said.

"We remain firmly committed to our stated goals of proactively aligning production with current market demand and of prudently managing inventory levels," said Pierre Gabriel Cote, president and CEO of SFK Pulp.

SFK Pulp produces premium virgin and recycled kraft pulp, and operates three mills in Saint-Felicien, Quebec, Fairmont, West Virginia, and Menominee, Michigan. The company employs approximately 550 people and has a total annual production capacity of 745,000 metric tonnes.

The Saint-Félicien Mill supplies northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp to various sectors of the paper industry in Canada, the United States and Europe for use in speciality products.

The Fairmont and Menominee Mills manufacture air-dried market recycled bleached kraft (RBK) pulp and primarily supply manufacturers of uncoated freesheet, commercial and away-from-home tissue and coated paper in the U.S.

SOURCE: SFK Pulp




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