Processing Magazine

International Paper to shut down Virginia paper machine, cut capacity

November 17, 2008

International Paper Co. announced it will shut down one of its paper production machines at its mill in Franklin, Virginia, and take downtime out of its uncoated freesheet paper mills during the fourth quarter, according to the Associated Press. An International Paper spokesman said it has not been determined exactly what will happen to the 50 employees affected by the shutdown. Some may be laid off, relocated within the company, retire or pursue other options, he said. The permanent shutdown of the No. 3 uncoated freesheet paper machine will reduce production by about 150,000 tons. The company will also take about 60,000 tons of lack of order time out of its uncoated freesheet paper mills in the U.S. during the fourth quarter. The company plans to begin the shutdown on Nov. 23.