Resolute Forest Products to reopen Gatineau paper mill
Resolute Forest Products (formerly known as AbitibiBowater) closed its Gatineau, Quebec operation in August 2010, laying off 330 employees.
The mill will reopen in June as a lower cost operation with just 1 paper machine and a co-generation power plant. Only 130 workers will be employed.
The newsprint will be sold in North American and overseas.
In 2011, with the hope their mill could reopen, the workers of the Gatineau mill (and the Dolbeau mill) agreed to reopen their contracts and change some elements of the contract with regards to the sub-contracting of mechanics and workshop functions.
No severance was paid to the workers in 2010 when the mill closed because the company was restructuring and under creditor protection.
Outlook for Resolute Forest Products other mills
At this time, President and CEO Richard Garneau does not foresee the reopening of any other of its closed mills.
Resolute Forest Products’ Thunder Bay, Ontario mill is said to be at the greatest risk for mroe downtime because its access is only to the North American market. As newsprint demand continues to fall, the uncertainty of the Thunder Bay’s paper mill grows.
Gatineau paper mill reopens (Ottawa Business Journal)
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