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Resolute Extends Fort Frances Shutdown

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Resolute Forest Products (AbitibiBowater), Montreal, Que., Canada, reports that it is extending the shutdown at its mill in Fort Frances, Ont., Canada. Late last month, the company announced it would be curtailing papermaking operations at Fort Frances for the last five weeks of 2011 due to poor market conditions. However, the company said the kraft mill would still operate. Now, due to pulp market conditions, the kraft mill will go down at Christmas, Resolute explained.

The restart of the mill at the end of January is dependent upon an improvement in market conditions.

More than 300 employees are affected by the temporary closure. A skeleton crew will be kept on during the downtime. Other employees will be allowed to take vacation time.


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