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Wausau cuts packaging paper output in Maine

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Wausau Paper announced it will permanently shut down paper machine number 10, one of the two paper machines at its Specialty Products mill in Jay, Maine before the end of the year. The company says the move comes in response to dramatically increased input costs and difficult market conditions.

Number 10 paper machine, with a capacity of 40,000 tons annually, presently serves the release liner market and a variety of smaller niche markets. The shutdown is expected to impact approximately 150 of the 235 employees currently at the facility.

“This move is in keeping with our strategic marketing plan for Specialty Products that focuses on tape backing grades, high performance release liners, and food service and food packaging markets,” said Thomas J. Howatt, president and CEO of Wausau Paper.

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