PORT EDWARDS -- Domtar officials announce the final day of production at their Port Edwards mill, leaving more than 500 employees with an unknown future.
The decision to close the mill came back in December.
"You have to project, as best as you can, a closure date. In our case, it was projected as June 27th of this year." Domtar Manager, Craig Timm says.
On that date, more than 500 employees will be jobless. So back in February, mill officials notified workers that the day was coming, hoping they can prepare.
Timm says, "You are required to notify them, officials, through a letter. Officially notify them that they will be losing their employment because of a plant closure."
Dean Anderson is the pastor as Christian Life Fellowship in Port Edwards.
He says since the announcement came, that the plant is closing, his congregation has been preparing.
Pastor Anderson says, "I think the closer it gets, I think, the greater the reality that there won't be a paycheck. We're discovering that a number of people are taking advantage of the ability to go back to school and go towards different directions in their lives."
Domtar officials are helping there too.
Timm says, "We're working, closely, with the state Department of Workforce Development officials. That includes everything from re-training, to jobs, working with Midstate Technical College. All those sorts of things."
So as the months tick by and the weeks turn to days, many Domtar employees search for answers to what's next.
"I think most everybody is looking and trying to discover what's out there." Anderson says, That's going to be an ongoing process."