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Madison Paper CEO Says Production Schedule 'A Fluid Situation'

Madison paper mill in Maine (USA) The Madison mill has the capacity to produce about 200,000 tonnes per year of supercalendered paper used for printers and publishers of magazines and catalogs. 2015 Morning Sentinel File Photo/Michael G. Seamans.

Feb. 11, 2016 (Portland Press Herald) - The president and CEO of Madison Paper Industries said [on Feb. 9] he can't confirm the details of a potential months-long curtailment at the paper mill (in Madison, Maine), saying only that while production at the mill is down, the situation is changing on a weekly basis and layoffs have been avoided.

Meanwhile, the president of the union representing employees at the mill said schedule changes enacted after the curtailment are frustrating workers with less pay.

Russ Drechsel, president and CEO of Madison Paper Industries, said the mill's production schedule is now subject to change on a weekly basis. The mill employs about 225 people.

“We'll balance our production needs with what the market demands,” Drechsel said. “In other words, an order or request for paper could come in tomorrow, and we may elect to run this weekend. Or we may have 10 orders canceled, and we may have to shut down all next week.

“It's a fluid situation. That's the best I can say right now.”

Michael Croteau, president of the United Steelworkers Local 36, the union at Madison Paper, said in January that the mill had just begun a two-day-per-week curtailment that was expected to last three to six months. The production cutback has come amid a drop in demand for supercalendered paper — the type of glossy magazine paper made at Madison Paper, according to both officials.

Go to the full story: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/02/09/madison-paper-production-schedule-could-change-weekly-president-says/

SOURCE: Portland Press Herald

Editor's note: The Madison mill is located on the bank of the Kennebec River in Madison, Maine (USA). The mill has the capacity to produce about 200,000 tonnes per year of supercalendered paper used for printers and publishers of magazines and catalogs.