Paper Excellence Canada announces 30-day curtailment at Crofton mill

Paper Excellence Canada announces 30-day curtailment at Crofton mill
Paper Excellence Canada announced a 30-day curtailment at the Crofton pulp and paper mill, starting March 1.

Paper Excellence Canada says hundreds of forest industry workers will be affected as it shuts down Crofton’s pulp and paper mill for a month.

The Richmond-based company says the curtailment is because it can’t get enough wood.

About 450 employees, members of Unifor and the Pulp Paper and Woodworkers of Canada unions are affected, according to Operations Vice President Stew Gibson.

Gibson says the mill’s long-term contractual supplies of wood have been cut off because of developments in the coastal and interior forest regions, which are the basis of the mill’s operations.

“Pulp and paper remains vitally important to the collective strength of the forest sector. Our industry transforms nearly half of
the forest harvest into sustainably produced value-added goods and biomass energy,” Gibson said in a statement.

“These curtailments are particularly hard on our employees, their families and the many other people that depend [on] our facility.”

Gibson said he is encouraged by a tentative settlement in the Western Forest Products strike this week, after members of United Steelworkers Union Local 1-1937 took job action July 1.

USW members voted Thursday and Friday on the tentative contract and results are expected as early as Saturday.


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