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Resolute idles Tennessee newsprint mill

Move affects 150 positions, caused by decreased demand high operating costs.


March 12, 2013
by PLANT STAFF

MONTREAL—Resolute Forest Products Inc. will idle its Calhoun mill in Tennessee indefinitely as a result of a decrease in demand for newsprint and high operating costs for the machine, which produces more than 215,000 tonnes per year.

The decision follows Resolute’s March 11 acquisition of the 49% interest in Calhoun Newsprint Company owned by The Herald Publishing Company, LLC, its joint-venture partner.

The Calhoun mill, which employs 610 workers, will continue to operate the two specialty paper machines and the pulp dryer. Approximately 150 positions at the mill will be affected by the idling.

Resolute produces newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products at over 40 pulp and paper mills at facilities in Canada, the US, and South Korea.