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2012-11-20 at 16:02

Resolute lays off more than 200 workers at its Fort Frances pulp and paper mill

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Resolute Forest Products is laying off 239 people at its Fort Frances mill.

The company announced Tuesday it would be idling its kraft mill and paper machine No. 5 at the Fort Frances pulp and paper mill.

The decision to idle the mill is because of decreased consumption and the high Canadian dollar.

MP John Rafferty (NDP, Thunder Bay-Rainy River) said the announcement is devastating for the workers and their families.

“This news came as a shock today,” Rafferty said in a news release.  “My heart goes out to the families and constituents who are directly and indirectly affected by these layoffs. My staff and I are ready to assist anyone who will be affected by this devastating announcement.”

Rafferty spoke with representatives from Resolute about the layoffs and was assured the company is committed to helping the workers affected by the shutdown. 

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CM Punk says:
Is this the sign of things to come?
Sometimes I wonder about the employment outlook in this "booming" town where 55000 jobs were forecasted by our celebrity photo op mayor.
11/20/2012 4:13:32 PM
Circular_Logic says:
No, this is the predictable result of the NWO forests being raped for 50+ years without any thought or committment to realistic reforestation.

What goes around comes around I'm afraid.
11/20/2012 10:51:55 PM
tbayguy009 says:
Yeah right.

These days probably more forest resources go up in smoke from (natural) forest fires, than gets harvested. Man's intervention in fighting these hasn't helped at all?

By your circular log, all these forest fires are a better use of standing timber.

Oh, and would you argue that the smoke from these fires doesn't creat CO2. I guess you think it is better to have them go up in smoke instead of becoming lumber or paper. Do you live in a sod house?

Hey are you a vegetarian as well? Thinking that farm animals aren't renewable.

Grow up, ok.
11/21/2012 5:55:45 PM
TBDR says:
a paper mill lays off people in Fort Frances, and this is somehow an indication that there isn't a mining boom coming for Thunder Bay? Stick to wrestling bud.
11/20/2012 11:29:58 PM
conker2012 says:
This mill is closing because they cannot get engineers to move to the fort. It is not an attractive place to live because there is nothing to do but fish and hunt. I think they are having the same problems with doctors. Thankfully thunder bay has been building an urban area where people live and play in the same area (northcore). If this continues I would expect additional condos and more businesses to move into this area so we do not suffer the same slow death as fort frances.
11/21/2012 10:34:22 AM
Glyder says:
Paper is quickly going away. Not as quickly as was forecast in the early 90's and the "paperless office" concept, but quicker and quicker every day. We are told to reduce, reuse and recycle. Save trees etc etc.

Magazine sales and newspaper sales are slowly slipping away. Why not, you can get whatever you want online.

We may or may not have 55000 jobs, but really blaming the mayor? He put out a number that was higher than some, and lower than other best guesses. The mining is there, it may take a while to get it going, but I can see it happen.

And why are you slamming the mayor of Thunder Bay, for something that happened in Fort Frances? Last I checked, he has no say over there.
11/21/2012 10:38:17 AM
Lake Superior citizen says:
Resolute is committed to helping the workers affected by the shutdown? Don't you believe it. If there's one thing Resolute can be counted on it's looking after their own interests to the detriment of their employees.
11/20/2012 6:28:39 PM
captain says:
I hope that people read this story for what it says.

Decreased consumption means that people are not buying the product they are making.

High Canadian Dollar means that the price of the product is much higher than it used to be.

This is how markets work. It does not make it easier for the workers or their families, it just is.

What we don't have in this story so far and hopefully the posters will avoid it, is the typical postings of blame.

There is no blame here. This is just reality in the world economy.

The US is still struggling, they are Ontario's major purchaser and when they are doing poorly, Ontario will do poorly. It is that simple.

Good luck to those effected and hopefully things will turn around for them.

CM Punk, I have to assume you are speaking of Hobbs. Last time I checked, he was not in charge of Ft. Francis and while he did say something to that effect, this story is not really the time to show your hatred for the man.
11/20/2012 7:18:42 PM
tbayguy009 says:
I just wanted to add something that you avoided.

Energy input costs have gone through the roof.

The industry warned about this years ago when it was still functioning.

With the electricity prices today, neither dollar value or wages will make a dent in recovery of the industry, when fuel and electricity prices account for the greatest precentage of costs.
11/21/2012 5:38:19 PM
Gone for good says:
Been down that road myself.
No fun whatsoever.
Best of luck there. With this company. You never know.
So glad to be through with these guys. Took awhile to figure that out.
It's all good now.
11/20/2012 9:25:57 PM
dozerman says:
This is terrible news for Fort Frances and the area. It will affect the entire region with its trickle down effect. And with Christmas just around the corner! We all suspected that it was coming but praying that it wouldn't. I truly feel for everyone! This is terrible news!!!
11/20/2012 9:27:11 PM
brooky says:
I heard about this upcoming layoff 2 months ago. And the day it happens, it is a "shock" to Rafferty? Perhaps he should consult the general public about such issues in the future. Way to represent yous people John.
11/20/2012 11:19:25 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
Thunder Bay next on the list?
11/21/2012 8:45:38 AM
CM Punk says:
You people can bash my comments all you want, but I know a thing or two about this sort of thing.
I have family that has worked in forestry for over 40 years and did very well.
I feel for those workers in Fort Francis.
Those are good paying jobs, which are lost and would then lose buying power. Which I am sure some of them come here to purchase items.
Its all about economics. Go to school and learn about it. Its not hard.
Any hit to any nearby town hurts Thunder Bay.
And now with this hydro business in the air, Cliffs will distance itself from things.
Drink red bull and open your eyes.
Life is hard, and living in this country, this should not be so.
Join the revolution.
11/21/2012 1:04:34 PM
expulpand paper says:
Resolute has a main priority and that is the all mighty dollar. They could not care less if the laid off people are starving or out on the street. They had a game plan as soon as they bought out the canadian owned company Avenor. The decisions they made were about profit not future. Over the last 10 years they have terminated skilled empoyees, shut down large profitable sections of mills, clawed back on wages, took away benifits, and hired people off the street at lower wages to take over. Now there are a few lean times and thats it....shut her down!!The people have gave you there blood, sweat and tears. The government has gave them energy at lower cost, subsidized turbine constrution, kick backs for burning black liquor. The list goes on and on and on. For almost a centry people worked at the TBay plant and built the mill up to something to be proud of. It was like working for a family. In a little over a decade all of they history is gone. Shame on you Resolute
11/21/2012 2:12:24 PM
tbayguy009 says:
On a side note: Doesn't this mean that the energy needs of NWO are going to be reduced even more, at least for as long as this paper machine is down.

So, Attikokan Generating Station is needed even less.

TBay generating stations G2 and G3 probably with be idling at lot more.
11/21/2012 5:45:26 PM
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