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Port Hawkesbury Paper to Take Week of Downtime

Port Hawkesbury Paper Port Hawkesbury Paper is capable of producing 400,000 tons of SCA++, SCA+, SCA and SCB papers

June 21, 2016 According to a report in the Vancouver, BC (Canada) online newspaper, The Province, Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia will take about a week of market-related downtime.

Marc Dube, development manager for the paper mill, said more than half of the mill's 330 employees will be affected by layoffs next week and that some of the unionized and non-unionized employees will take vacation during the shutdown.

Dube explained that poor market conditions for printing and writing-grade paper has led to the week-long shutdown.

Dube says he's not sure if more layoffs are in store, but company officials remain confident heading into the busier fall months — and workers could be called back if the company gets an order.

About Port Hawkesbury Paper
In 2012, the mill at Port Hawkesbury was purchased by Stern Partners and reopened as Port Hawkesbury Paper. The SC machine (PM2) is capable of producing 400,000 tons of SCA++, SCA+, SCA and SCB papers for use in retail inserts, magazines and catalogs and represents about 20% of the North American capacity for SC (supercalendered) paper.

In addition to PM2, the mill has three thermomechanical pulp (TMP) lines capable of producing 650,000 air-dried metric tons of fiber annually. This amount accounts for 90% of the mill's total fiber requirement.

SOURCE: The Province