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Domtar Schedules Pulp Downtime for Dryden Mill

April 3, 2009 - Domtar last night announced that it will idle its Dryden, Ontario pulp mill for approximately ten weeks, effective April 25, 2009.

This decision was taken in response to continued weak global demand for pulp and the need to manage inventory levels, the Montreal-based pulp and paper producer said.

Domtar will also idle its Ear Falls, Ontario sawmill for approximately seven weeks, effective April 10, 2009. North American lumber market conditions require that this temporary curtailment be taken at this time, Domtar noted..

The temporary downtime will affect approximately 500 people employed at the pulp mill, sawmill and related forestland operations.

The Dryden mill has an annual softwood pulp production capacity of 319,000 air dry metric tons. In mid-November 2008, Domtar permanently shut down the mill's paper machine (PM 1) and converting operations, which resulted in a permanent capacity reduction of about 151,000 short tons of uncoated freesheet paper.

The Ear Falls sawmill has an annual production capacity of 190 million board feet of dimensional lumber.

SOURCE: Domtar Corp.




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