AbitibiBowater might reopen indefinitely-shuttered paper mill in Gatineau, Quebec, after workers laid off in May 2010 vote to reopen; mill would produce low-cost newsprint to export to Latin America, Asia

LOS ANGELES , September 9, 2011 () – AbitibiBowater Inc. has said it might reopen its paper mill in Gatineau, Quebec, after receiving support from workers laid off when the plant was closed in May 2010, CBC News reported Sept. 8.

The announcement comes just months after the appointment of new CEO Richard Garneau and completion of several studies on the mill’s operations, including a C$100,000 feasibility study encouraged by the City of Gatineau for the reopening.

According to AbitibiBowater spokesman Pierre Choquette, if the mill restarts it will product low-cost newsprint that will be exported to Latin America and Asia. AbitibiBowater has yet to contract raw materials and Hydro Quebec for a reopening, CBC noted.

Pending a labor agreement approval, about 100 of the mill’s previous 300 workers could return to work.

The primary source of this article is CBC News, Toronto, Ontario, on Sept. 8, 2011.

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