Layoffs, Closings for Domtar
MONTREAL—Paper manufacturer Domtar is reducing its workforce by 1,800 and will sell or close several facilities in an effort to return the company to profitability. The company will close down its Cornwall, ON, mill and shut down two paper machines at its Ottawa mill. Domtar also announced that two sawmills in Quebec will be closed and its Vancouver mill will be sold. At Cornwall, where 390 positions were eliminated last December, there are 910 workers tending to three paper machines.
F.C.L. Nets Graphics Group
HARWOOD HEIGHTS, IL—Direct marketing printing specialist F.C.L. Graphics has acquired certain assets of The Graphics Group, a regional sheetfed printer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in Bensenville, IL, The Graphics Group provided prepress, print and inventory management services.
UPM Mill Faces Shutdown
MIRAMICHI, NEW BRUNSWICK—A three-month shutdown will take place at UPM's Canadian mill here effective February 1. The two sawmills and the woodlands division will not be affected. Jyrki Ovaska, president of UPM's Magazine Paper Division, said that high operating costs at the mill, combined with the strong Canadian dollar, makes exports to the United States unprofitable. The shutdown will occur during what traditionally is its slowest season of the year.
Heidelberg Expanding Press Line
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—Sheetfed press manufacturer Heidelberg confirmed its worst-kept secret: the company is expanding its product line with a pair of presses. The presses, dubbed Speedmaster XL 142 and Speedmaster XL 162, will fall in the 6 (56˝) and 7b (64˝) format classes, respectively. The new presses will be unveiled at Drupa 2008. The expanding line is in response to the tremendous growth in packaging, particularly the need for the printing and finishing of folding cartons.
L.A. Times Closes Printing Plant
LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Times announced it is consolidating production at three of its facilities and is closing another. The closing of the Chatsworth, CA, plant will result in the elimination of 110 positions. The newspaper will focus its production efforts on facilities here, in Costa Mesa, CA, and Irwindale, CA. The paper boasts 11 presses in the Los Angeles and Costa Mesa plants.