When International Paper shut down one of its three paperboard machines at the end of February, it eliminated 75 positions from its payroll.
Officials for the company say they were able to accommodate the job reduction without forced layoffs.
There were retirements and transfers to other parts of the plant. IP also offered “enhanced” voluntary severance packages.
After the downsizing, IP still has 740 workers making paperboard in south Augusta.
The company decided to shut down one of its machines, which happened to be the smallest in capacity in the business unit, because of a global slowdown in demand. There are sister plants in Riegelwood, N.C., and Texarkana, Texas.
The production lines has been permanently shut down, but it is not going to be dismantled.
The facility on Mike Padgett Highway has been in Augusta for 52 years and was acquired by International Paper in 1996.