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International Paper shutting down one of three Augusta machines

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 10:52 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 9:56 AM
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One of Augusta’s largest industrial employers is downsizing.

International Paper on Tuesday announced that it will eliminate 75 positions at its Augusta mill when it shuts down one of its three paperboard production lines next month.

The move is prompted by a global slowdown in demand, said Greg Gibson, the vice president of International Paper’s coated paperboard business.

“The projected growth of global coated paperboard supply, coupled with slower growth in the demand for our products, has
made it necessary to permanently reduce our manufacturing footprint,” Gibson said.

The paperboard production machine, running since the 1960s, is the smallest in the system, which includes sister plants in Riegelwood, N.C., and Texarkana, Texas. It produces about 140,000 tons of coated paperboard annually, which is used to make folding cartons and packaging liners.

The shutdown will reduce the capacity of the Mike Padgett Highway mill by about 20 percent, said Sa­man­tha Hood, the company’s communications manager.

“It is 75 positions, but it will not be 75 people. We have some open positions that we won’t be filling,” Hood said. The company is also hoping retirements will satisfy the job elimination.

“The decision to shut down Augusta’s No. 2 machine is difficult because of the impact it will have on good, hard-working people who have been our valued colleagues,” Gibson said. “This decision will enable us to more efficiently balance our production with current and projected customer demand.”

Hood said the Augusta mill will continue to employ more than 700 people. The other two production machines will continue to operate at capacity.

“We are well-positioned for the future, and we’re still going to have two great low-cost machines,” Hood said.

Plans are to permanently shut down the line by the end of Febru­ary, but the machine will not be dismantled.

“We’re going to do everything we can in the next 30 days to shut it down the right way, intact, in the event that we would repurpose it in the future,” Hood said.

The facility has been in Au­gusta for 52 years and was acquired by International Pa­per in 1996.

International Paper, based in Memphis, Tenn., employs about 70,000 people in more than 24 countries. It will release its quarterly earnings Jan. 29.

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/23/13 - 11:08 am
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David Parker, the kind of

David Parker, the kind of paper your lunch is wrapped in, is not the kind of paperboard International Paper produces. The type of paperboard IP makes is the kind for lottery tickets, ladies hair dye products, cigarette cartons, and paper plates. If I'm not mistaken, Augusta Newsprint makes tissue type paper.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/23/13 - 11:11 am
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Swedish Travelog stated that......
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alcohol tax provided much of the revenue for their cradle to grave socialism. They do not have to police the rest of the world. Not to mention the fact that "everyone is gainfully employed". They provide for themselves and do not have a foreign policy of Global Domination.

catawba7
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catawba7 01/23/13 - 01:00 pm
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You killed the U S Postal Service

Nobody talking about the postal service and the jobs they are losing thanks to "US". So many people stopped mailing bills and letters, some get their bills on line and not in the mail, so the mail volume declined, jobs were lost. Those were great union jobs, killed by US. I hope the young people study technology if you want to eat in the future.

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David Parker 01/23/13 - 01:29 pm
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What about the Whopper/Big

What about the Whopper/Big Mac box? Check your data ICL. They are the supplier for McDonalds, Wendy's, Starbucks, Subway, etc.

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dwb619 01/23/13 - 01:36 pm
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Catawba

This is along the lines of the old "egg crate" plant. Remember it?
Also, if you were a contractor working the old Continental Can plant, you NEVER drank your coffee from a strofoam cup!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/23/13 - 01:43 pm
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David, I know my data very

David, I know my data very well. My comment was in response to your comment "There is simply too much unecessary paper when you buy a burger wrapped in paper that is put in a paper-box," and your comment "If having a lunch wrapped in 3-5 layers of paper is that vital to the economy,"

I'm well aware of what type paperboard IP makes and yes it does include fast food boxes. My response was to your comment complaining about wasted paper wrapped around your lunch which IP does not produce.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/23/13 - 02:26 pm
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It appears you are ICL, you

It appears you are ICL, you just have an issue with seeing my point. So I spelled it out a little more for ya.

But before this goes forward, please don't enlighten me on how bad we need to cut more trees down and make paper products to package more paper products. It's like a flippin Russian Doll whenever you buy something, whether it be food or general merchandise.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/23/13 - 06:40 pm
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David, I never made a comment

David, I never made a comment concerning the cutting or preservation of trees, the need or waste of paper products and what you mean by "flippin Russian Doll" makes no sense to me. Seems you want to enlighten me but forgot to flip the switch I'm afraid. Maybe I'm having a problem seeing your point because you're vague on what that point is. You made a comment concerning wastefull paper use around your lunch product on a thread about a paper industry closing a portion of their business that makes paper products, (but not the kind you are referring to), and when I stated such fact, somehow you are of the opinion I don't understand what point you are trying to make.

Praytell, what is your point? And please leave the Russian Doll anology out of it and just state your point.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/24/13 - 03:51 pm
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Your wish is my....

The demand for paper went down. The Dems and Reps are both not at fault equally.

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Willow Bailey 01/26/13 - 02:20 am
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Trees are good for more than

Trees are good for more than paper. It's unlikely that we will out grow the need for lumber anytime soon.

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