Resolute Forest Products has confirmed there will be a two-week shutdown at the local mill starting Sunday (Oct. 28).
“Due to challenging market conditions, both paper production and kraft pulp production at the Fort Frances mill will be temporarily down from Oct. 28 until Nov. 11,” company spokesperson Seth Kursman said in an e-mail to the Times yesterday.
“This temporary downtime impacts approximately 6,900 metric tons of paper production and approximately 6,000 metric tons of pulp production,” he noted.
In related news, the Boise Inc. paper mill in International Falls stopped regular pulp purchases from the Fort Frances mill as of this month and began using pulp from its Wallula, Wash. mill, public affairs manager Lori Lyman told the Times in an e-mail Friday.
She added the change allows Boise Inc. to improve the efficiencies of both its mills in International Falls and Washington, and ensures the company can continue to satisfy its customer commitments.