My Price County Administrator
Registered: Jan 05, 2012
| Paper Machine #3 Closure Brings Layoffs at Flambeau River Papers
The CEO of Flambeau River Papers, William (Butch) Johnson, announced the closure of Paper Machine #3 (#3PM), effective on Friday, January 5th. "While papers like laser bond and offset (run on Paper Machine #3) have been good fill grades for the mill in the past, they are no longer, and jeopardize the mill's ability to continue operations. Therefore, we will exit production of these commodity type papers." As a result, eighty-two people received a lay-off notice, including 67 union employees and 15 salaried jobs.
Johnson believes the key to Flambeau River Paper's long-term success is to focus on increasing the plant's paper-making capabilities and, in turn, sales of value-added and specialty papers. Growth was already expanded in this area approximately five years ago, and those sales now represent over 90% of the mill's capacity on Paper Machine #1 & #2.
Johnson stated, “As a result of idling #3PM, some of our fellow Flambeau River Papers' employees will lose their jobs and our surrounding community will be impacted. This will be painful for all of us. We are committed to doing what we can to help the affected employees find new jobs. These painful changes at the mill are necessary to help ensure a viable and sustainable pulp and paper operation for Flambeau River Papers, the City of Park Falls, and all the good paying jobs that the mill provides.”
[Edited by My Price County Administrator on Jan 06, 2018 at 12:45 AM]