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Resolute to Permanently Close Two Paper Machines at Calhoun Mill

Resolute Forest Products pulp and paper mill in Calhoun, Tennessee

August 17, 2017 (Cleveland Daily Banner) - Employees at Resolute Forest Products in Calhoun (Tennessee) were informed on Tuesday of the permanent closure of paper machines No. 3 and No. 5.

According to an official release from Resolute, 222 employees will feel the impact of this closure, reducing the plant's workforce from 713 to 491.

“It's a difficult discussion that we (had) with employees,” said Resolute Director of U.S. Public Affairs Debbie Johnston.

“As difficult as the news is for those 222 employees, we will continue to employ close to 500 — hopefully we will be repositioned for future growth.”

Both hourly and salaried positions will be affected in the closure, and they will be notified “as soon as possible” of their employment status. Some will be asked to continue to work with the shutdown of equipment, and others could be offered different positions within the mill or at other company facilities.

“We regret the impact this decision will have on our employees, their families and the community, and will work with affected employees, government officials and other local authorities on programs to mitigate the impact of the closures,” Resolute said in a release. The reasons for the closure of the two paper mills were thoroughly detailed in the same release.

“This decision is motivated by challenging long-term market conditions — including unprecedented demand decline — for newsprint and uncoated groundwood paper produced on the machines.”

The full story is available on the Cleveland Daily Banner's website: clevelandbanner.com/stories/resolute-to-cut-222calhoun-plant-jobs,64188.

SOURCE: Cleveland Daily Banner