Paper Excellence Crofton mill extends shutdown

Members of Unifor Local 1132 at the Crofton mill in British Columbia, Canada, received notice that the scheduled restart of the mill, slated for the end of the month, has been delayed by at least another 30 days, leaving workers and their families in the lurch.

“A few months ago, the company stood beside federal and provincial government representatives to announce nearly $70 million in combined investments for the Crofton mill and it is beyond disappointing that a restart is being delayed yet again,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “I urge the company to set a reasonable timeline for a restart and commit to it for the sake of the workers and their families.”

The company advised members that the current plan is to restart production at the kraft mill and the paper mill at the end of September, contingent on the ‘recovery of market prices for its paper products’ – a target that was not clearly defined. This is the third time Paper Excellence has announced a shutdown extension since May 2023, when a 30-day curtailment was planned.

Unifor Local 1132 represents 91 workers at the Paper Excellence facility in Crofton.

Paper Excellence, headquartered in British Columbia, is a manufacturer of pulp and specialty, printing, writing, and packaging papers.

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