Sept. 14, 2021 - Ahlstrom-Munksjö announced to employees today that it plans to temporarily idle #8 Paper Machine in December 2021, along with its #20 Supercalender and #21 Rewinder in July 2022 at its Rhinelander, Wisconsin Plant in the United States.
#8 Paper Machine has a capacity of 14,000 tons per year. Addie Teeters, Head of Marketing Communications & Public Affairs for Ahlstrom-Munksjö, told PaperAge that "#8 paper machine produces various specialty paper grades for multiple markets."
The total number of people affected is yet to be determined based on retirements and other potential job assignments.
"In a very competitive marketplace, we must continue to provide cost-effective and innovative products, challenging our machine capabilities to generate optimum results," said Robyn Buss, Executive Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Food Packaging & Technical Solutions Business Area. "Our robust manufacturing platform is well-positioned for continued success. By utilizing several other machines in our regional system, we will provide our customers with the level of service required to meet their needs."
The Rhinelander, Wisconsin plant has approximately 500 employees and was founded in 1903.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fiber-based materials offering filter materials, release liners, food and beverage processing materials, decor papers, abrasive and tape backings, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, medical fiber materials, diagnostics and energy storage solutions, as well as a range of specialty papers for industrial and consumer end-uses. To learn more, visit: www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com.
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