Resolute Forest Products Idles Mersey Newsprint Mill in Nova Scotia

Resolute's Mersey newsprint mill stopped production on June 17.

June 18, 2012 - Resolute Forest Products [on June 15] announced that it would indefinitely idle the Mersey newsprint mill located in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia. The facility, owned by Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited (BMPCL), is a joint venture between Resolute (51%) and the Washington Post (49%).

The indefinite idling became effective on Sunday, June 17, 2012.

"The mill produces newsprint primarily for export markets and is unable to compete due to declining prices in those markets, caused mainly by unfavorable currency fluctuations," stated Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute.

"The decision to indefinitely idle production at the facility was difficult as we are mindful of the impact it will have on affected employees and local communities. We have worked diligently with the provincial government, our employees, union leadership and other stakeholders but simply could not overcome the inherent challenges."

This indefinite idling will reduce capacity by approximately 250,000 metric tons of newsprint.

Approximately 320 employees at the Mersey paper mill, associated woodlands, Oakhill sawmill and Brooklyn Power Corporation will be affected by this action.

Resolute said that it will continue to work collaboratively with governments to ensure that impacted employees are provided support during this transition.

The company is currently assessing the feasibility of selling all of its assets in Nova Scotia, including its private timberlands, the paper mill, sawmill and Brooklyn Power.

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or operates 21 pulp and paper mills and 22 wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea. Marketing its products in more than 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest management standards.

SOURCE: Resolute Forest Products