Processing Magazine

Catalyst Paper to Close Paper Mill

July 8, 2010

Reuters reports Canadian paper maker Catalyst Paper Corp said it would permanently shut the 58-year-old Elk Falls paper mill in September and immediately close their paper recycling operation in Coquitlam. The company said about 100 paper mill employees would lose jobs. The mill was indefinitely shut February 2009. The recycling operation was idled in February and all employees were laid off at the time, Catalyst Paper said. The company said steep decline in commodity paper markets, uncompetitive labor and tax costs could not be overcome, resulting in the closure of these two facilities. The Elk Falls mill began operation in 1952 and produced 784,000 tons of pulp, paper and kraft paper annually, at its peak, the company said in a statement.