White Birch Paper to Reopen Stadacona Mill in Quebec

July 17, 2012 - White Birch Paper Company said that it plans to reopen the Stadacona paper mill in Quebec City on August 2. The mill was idled on December 9, 2011 due to operating costs and difficult market conditions.

The announcement comes after several months of joint efforts with the Government of Quebec and the Syndicat canadien des communications, de l'energie et du papier (SCEP) Unionized employees, to obtain a sustainable operating plan.

"This marks a new beginning for the Stadacona mill. A second chance. One that was only accomplished through hard work and sacrifice by many. Compromises by all parties involved, have resulted in a promising future for Stadacona. As a proud corporate citizen of Quebec, on behalf of both the company and its employees, I would like to thank Minister Hamad and the other members of the Provincial Quebec Government for the role they played in developing a sustainable solution," said Christopher Brant, President of White Birch Paper.

"For our employees and participating community members, today's announcement re-establishes the mill's position as a valued employer with a sustainable future and exciting prospects. The Stadacona mill is now poised to be competitive in the global pulp and paper market both now and in the coming years. This mill has a very proud history of quality products and workmanship. We look forward to continuing to build on that legacy from our new platform," Brandt said.

The Stadacona mill has an annual capacity to produces 410,000 tonnes of newsprint, 95,000 tonnes of directory paper and 45,000 tonnes of paperboard.

White Birch Paper Company is a manufacturer of high quality newsprint, directory paper and paperboard, with mills located in the United States and Canada, and is the second largest manufacturer of newsprint in North America.

SOURCE: White Birch Paper Company

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