Fort Frances mill closes for good

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Resolute Forest Products’ idled pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances will remain closed.
The company announced the permanent closure of the operation on Tuesday.
“We tried hard to find a way to reposition these assets, particularly the pulp mill,” company president Richard Garneau said. “But unfortunately, due to end product markets, the mill’s operational configuration and its cost position, we’ve concluded that there was no economically viable option for the pulp and paper operations at Fort Frances.”
In January, the company announced an extended market-related downtime on its remaining paper machine there. The shutdown affected 150 employees. The kraft pulp mill and another paper machine have been idled since November 2012.

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