Feedback: Newton Falls Paper Mill To Close 'Short Term'
The Newton Falls paper mill will temporarily close, affecting 83 employees, the company announced Friday.
7 News reporter John Friot, reporting from the paper mill, said 23 employees will stay on to make the plant ready to reopen.
The mill will reopen in the spring of 2011, the company said.
A press release from the mill's operator, Newton Falls Fine Paper Co., called the shutdown "a short term step as the company completes the necessary investments and changes to support its long term sustainability in a changing marketplace."
83 employees are affected. They get four weeks pay and their medical, dental and life insurance benefits will continue for the length of the shutdown.
The company aoppeared to go out of its way in is statement Friday to stress the plant will re-pen. One paragraph in particular emphasizes everything that's being done to keep the plant ready to operate:
"A small workforce will be retained to safely and securely shut down the equipment, make the necessary modifications to adjust to new production opportunities, and enable the facility to re-open, fully ready to supply the products the Company will be making. Appropriate security, safety and insurance requirements will be followed, and all necessary operating and environmental permits will continue to be in place. The heat will be kept on and regular maintenance will be conducted to ensure an easy start-up in early spring, 2011."
The plant will continue manufacturing until mid-December.
While not being specific, the company said the plant needs to shut down so that new technology can be added to the paper making machines, and a 'co-generation' energy site can be built.
Here's the company's press release, in full:
(Newton Falls, NY. November 12, 2010) - Newton Falls Fine Paper Co., LLC (NFFP) announced today in a meeting with employees that it will temporarily idle operations starting mid December, 2010 through early spring 2011. This is a short term step as the company completes the necessary investments and changes to support its long-term sustainability in a changing marketplace.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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