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Kruger idling paper machine and pulp operations at Quebec mill

Company says decision to cut 100,000 tonnes of newsprint production and close its de-inked pulp operations due to falling demand.


MONTREAL — Kruger Inc. is shutting down its large paper machine at its newsprint mill in Sherbrooke, Que., affecting 98 employees.

The forest products company says the decision to cut 100,000 tonnes of annual newsprint production and close its de-inked pulp operations at the mill effective Nov. 14 is due to falling demand.

The Brompton mill will continue to operate with two paper machines and 240 workers.

Kruger vice-president Jean Majeau said the No. 1 paper machine to be idled represents 10% of the company’s overall newsprint production.

He said North American newsprint demand has fallen 10% in the past year and 7% globally.

The company plans to offer early retirement incentives to help maintain the number of younger workers.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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