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Port Edwards Domtar Closing Machine: 30 Jobs Feeling The Loss

PORT EDWARDS -- In an announcement, Domtar in Port Edwards is shutting down one of their four machines that produces thousands of tons worth of paper. The company's Manager of Communications Craig Timm says, "Paper machine #5 through Port Edwards makes uncoated printing papers. It has an annual capacity of 34 thousand tons of paper that go to customers throughout North America." But throughout the years, there's been an overload capacity of paper being produced. Timm says, "There's excess capacity in the markets, there's some cost issues and we also continue, it's a very competitive market place, it's a global market place." The company has about 550 employees, but will now be seeing a reduction in dozens of jobs. Timm says, "It's going to affect approximately 30 positions." And those 30 employees will have an option of staying within the company. Timm says, "The unionized positions will fall under their negotiated contracts. So there will be an opportunity depending on seniority and job skills to bump into other positions in the facility." A facility that will feel the loss within the company and the community as a whole. Timm says, "Every job is a major loss. In Wisconsin, paper making is the largest employer and certainly in this area it is, in Port Edwards and Nekoosa. So each job is important to this area."
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