NewPage to Initiate Downtime at Port Hawkesbury Mill
MIAMISBURG, OH—August 22, 2011—NewPage Corp. has decided, based on its assessment of current market and economic conditions, to take downtime on both paper machines at its Port Hawkesbury mill in Nova Scotia, Canada. The downtime will begin Sept. 10 for the mill’s PM1 newsprint machine and Sept. 16 for the PM2 supercalendered machine.
The decision was based on a combination of factors, including unfavorable exchange rates between the United States and Canadian dollars and high utility and shipping costs, which have rendered its Port Hawkesbury mill operations unprofitable for more than a year. NewPage will provide future updates on the mill based on an ongoing review of the situation and economic conditions during the anticipated downtime.
The company is announcing its decision now in order to mitigate the potential impact on customers and already has taken into consideration the planned downtime for future scheduling. NewPage expects to fulfill certain pre-existing orders for its supercalendered papers from its mill in Duluth, MN, but does not produce newsprint from any other mill location and therefore will be unable to serve these customers during the downtime.
“Despite the continued dedication and efforts of our team at Port Hawkesbury to drive cost improvements, extremely challenging economic conditions at this location have forced us to make this difficult, but necessary business decision,” said George Martin, president and CEO for NewPage.
According to Mark Lukacs, senior vice president, operations, “The Port Hawkesbury mill makes great newsprint, improved newsprint and supercalendered paper for the printing and publishing industries. We have a very dedicated and talented workforce and this downtime is in no way a reflection on them.”
About NewPage Corp.
Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corp. is the leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America, based on production capacity, with $3.6 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2010. The company’s product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing, magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging applications and direct mail advertising. To learn more about NewPage, visit www.NewPageCorp.com.