Resolute Forest Products' Bowater Mersey newsprint and commercial printing papers mill in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, goes down for three weeks starting March 12 due to lack of orders

LOS ANGELES , March 12, 2012 () –

A three-week shutdown of the Bowater Mersey newsprint and commercial printing papers mill in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, started March 12, reported The Canadian Press (CP) on March 12.

The mill, which is owned by Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products Inc., is temporarily down due to a lack of new orders caused by an oversupplied market.

This is the second shutdown at the mill due to weak market conditions in the past few months. Before Christmas last year, the mill also was closed for three weeks, the CP reported.

In an effort to save the mill from permanent closure, its unionized workforce approved the elimination of 110 jobs in a vote taken late last year. The mill had employed about 300 workers.

A C$50-million package aimed at rescuing the mill was recently offered by the provincial government, reported the CP.

The mill has an annual production capacity of 258,000 tonnes of newsprint and commercial printing papers, according to Resolute’s website.

The primary source of this article is The Canadian Press, Toronto, Ontario, on March 12, 2012.

 

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