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Groups Race to Find Way to Keep Tolko Kraft Paper Mill Open

Tolko kraft paper mill - The Pas Tolko's kraft paper mill in The Pas, Manitoba, produces kraft paper for multiwall shipping bags and other specialty packaging applications.

The following is an excerpt of a story posted on Sept. 10, 2016 on the Winnipeg Free Press website:

As the clock ticks down to the Dec. 2 deadline for the closure of Tolko Industries' pulp and paper plant in The Pas, union and political leaders are scrambling to come up with scenarios to keep the facility open.

Meanwhile, efforts are underway by other resource industry employers in the region to poach some of the 330 workers who will lose their jobs when the plant closes.

In the race to find a solution, there's plenty of people bearing down to investigate all options.

Bill Henderson, a former longtime employee of Tolko and the predecessor owners of the mill, has been hired by The Pas Community Development Corp. to lead its response team.

Henderson held several key positions at The Pas mill from 1985 to 2001. He recently retired from Manitoba Hydro after 15 years of service.

He was en route to The Pas to have meetings with community officials this weekend.

"We're focused on trying to see how we can work with the stakeholders to come up with a regional solution for a sustainable forestry industry in the north," he said Friday. "I'm one of the people who feels very strongly about, hey... let's not sit back and let something happen, let's try to make something happen."

Jennifer Williams believes one thing that could happen is an employee-share ownership plan (ESOP). Williams works for Toronto-based consultancy ESOP Builders, which has been advocating increased use of such plans in Canada.

The full story is available at:
» www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/fight-for-survival-heats-up-in-the-pas-392970841.html

SOURCE: Winnipeg Free Press

See related story:
» Tolko to Close Kraft Paper Mill in The Pas, Manitoba in December - Aug. 23, 2016