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NORPAC Restarts Paper Machine 1 on Limited Basis

Paper mill hiring 50 new employees.

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May 3, 2018 - North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC) yesterday announced the limited restart of operations for Paper Machine 1 (PM1), which was idled towards the end of October in 2017.

"NORPAC has a world-class facility that can compete with anyone in the world on a level playing field,” said Craig Anneberg, CEO of NORPAC. “With the recent trade case preliminary determinations made by the Department of Commerce, important steps toward fair competition for American producers, NORPAC is excited to announce the hiring of 50 new employees and the limited restart of operations for Paper Machine 1 at our Longview facility to meet growing demand.

"After years of unfair, demoralizing market conditions and the associated difficult decisions that were required to survive, we have worked with our employees to test and create a system that can respond rapidly to the dynamic needs of the customers we serve. As more clarity regarding the impacts of competing on a level playing field become clear we will further improve our organizational capability," Anneberg added.

The current hiring initiative will include operators, maintenance, engineer and logistics positions. PM1 will be operated on a limited basis to meet the growing demand for American-made printing and writing papers as market conditions have improved slightly for the domestic uncoated groundwood papers industry in the face of unfair trade from Canada.

The Longview, Washington paper mill houses three paper machines. Paper Machine No. 1 produces about 250,000 tons of paper per year, while the other two machines have a combined capacity of 540,000 tons per year. The mill produces uncoated freesheet, groundwood, newsprint, and technical and converting grades of paper.

In addition, NORPAC operates a modern deinking plant which processes recovered papers such as newspapers and office wastepaper for reuse in its products with 10 percent, 30 percent or 100 percent recycled fiber.

To learn more about NORPAC, please visit: norpacpaper.com.

SOURCE: NORPAC and media reports