LONGUEUIL, QC, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - SFK Pulp announces that it filed
today with the Québec Superior Court a motion for the issuance of provisional,
safeguard and final orders declaring null the termination of its fibre and
bark supply agreements by Abitibi-Consolidated Company of Canada (Abitibi) on
April 24, 2009.
"SFK Pulp has to protect its rights under these agreements. We have a
strong case and sound reasons to contest the termination by Abitibi of these
agreements. Notwithstanding these proceedings, we intend to keep an open
dialogue with Abitibi to try to find a mutually satisfactory agreement,"
stated Pierre Gabriel Côté, President and Chief Executive Officer of SFK Pulp.
About SFK Pulp
SFK Pulp (TSX: SFK.UN), a leading producer and marketer of premium virgin
and recycled kraft pulp, operates three mills in Saint-Félicien, Québec,
Fairmont, West Virginia, and Menominee, Michigan. SFK Pulp employs
approximately 550 people, including 306 in its Saint-Félicien Mill, and has a
total annual production capacity of 745,000 metric tonnes. The Saint-Félicien
Mill supplies northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp to various sectors
of the paper industry in Canada, the United States and Europe for use in
specialty products. The Fairmont and Menominee Mills manufacture air-dried
market recycled bleached kraft (RBK) pulp and primarily supply manufacturers
of uncoated freesheet, commercial and away-from-home tissue and coated paper
in the U.S.
For further information:
For further information: Investors and Analysts: Mrs. Patsie Ducharme,
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, SFK Pulp, (450) 677-7857 ext.
2225; Media and others: Mr. Dany Paradis, Vice-President, Change Management
and Public Affairs, SFK Pulp, (450) 677-7857 ext. 2227; Mr. Rick Leckner,
MaisonBrison, (514) 731-0000 ext. 222