Kruger to Indefinitely Stop Production of Coated Paper at Trois-Rivieres Mill
July 10, 2009 - Kruger Inc. today announced that it will cease the
production of coated paper at its Trois-Rivieres mill in Quebec, Canada for an indefinite period, effective
October 30, 2009.
Kruger said in a press statement that it made the decision in response to the
decreasing demand for coated paper, which dropped 35% in North America in 2009 over
last year, as well as falling prices and the appreciation of the Canadian dollar.
Three paper machines and two coaters will be shut down, as well as the woodroom and
groundwood plants, resulting in approximately 400 layoffs, Kruger said.
The Trois-Rivieres mill will, however, continue to produce newsprint and supercalendered paper, maintaining 550 jobs
at the site, Kruger added.
The shutdown will result in a 35% reduction of Krugerís annual coated paper production
Kruger said it will maintain coated paper production at its Wayagamack Mill
which will continue to supply its customers in various markets around the world.
Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber
and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable
energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard
recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta,
British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the United States and the United
Kingdom and has 9,000 employees.
SOURCE: Kruger Inc.