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Kruger Cuts Paper Production at Two Trois-Rivieres Mills

May 19, 2010 - Kruger Inc. said that it will cease coated and supercalendered paper production at the Trois-Rivieres Mill (Quebec) and extend the interruption of directory paper production at the Wayagamack Mill (Quebec) for an indefinite period of time.

At the Trois-Rivieres Mill, the No. 1 (coated paper) and No. 6 (supercalendered paper) paper machines, and the No. 8 coating machine will be shut down indefinitely, effective June 11, 2010. This measure will affect approximately 320 employees in production, maintenance and administration, Kruger said. The mill, however, will continue to produce newsprint with close to 300 jobs maintained.

The No. 3 paper machine at the Wayagamack Mill, which had stopped making directory paper on December 31, 2009 and was to resume operations in June, will be idled indefinitely. The extended shutdown will affect about 120 employees, Kruger said. However, the mill will maintain coated paper production, which means continued employment for over 350 employees.

Kruger said that it came to these decisions due to persistently unfavorable market conditions and the strong Canadian dollar.

SOURCE: Kruger Inc.




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