MIAMISBURG, Ohio, June 24 /CNW/ -- NewPage Corporation today announced
that it will take approximately 34,000 tons of coated paper downtime in July
in addition to 25,000 tons previously announced on June 5. Additionally, three
sheeters scheduled to shut down in third quarter of 2008 at the company's
Chillicothe, Ohio converting facility will now cease production July 11.
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Of the 34,000 tons of downtime, approximately 18,000 tons will be taken
at the Kimberly, Wisconsin mill and the balance by accelerating the
previously-announced closure of the Niagara, Wisconsin mill to June 21. The
affected Kimberly machines produce coated freesheet, and the Niagara mill
produced lightweight coated groundwood papers.
The Chillicothe converting facility will shut down three folio sheeters,
while one remaining digital sheeter continues production until the facility's
planned closure in the fourth quarter 2008. The balance of the Chillicothe
converting machines were moved to the converting operations in Luke, Maryland
at the end of May as scheduled. The Chillicothe sheet production volume will
be transferred to converting operations in Luke, Maryland and Wisconsin
"We have recently announced a number of downtime activities due to the
very difficult, unpredictable environment in which we are operating. Rising,
volatile inflationary costs for energy, raw materials and transportation
coupled with weak demand require us to regularly review our cost platform as
well as the balance between our production and market demand. To be
successful and viable long-term, we believe it is imperative to be flexible
and responsive to these changing conditions," said Rick Willett, president and
chief operating officer. "We are committed to continuing to keep our
stakeholders apprised of any new significant decisions as we move forward."
To learn more about NewPage Corporation, visit www.NewPageCorp.com.
About NewPage Corporation
Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, NewPage Corporation is the largest
coated paper manufacturer in North America, based on production capacity, with
$4.7 billion in pro forma net sales for the year ended December 31, 2007. The
company's product portfolio is the broadest in North America and includes
coated freesheet, coated groundwood, supercalendered, newsprint and specialty
papers. These papers are used for corporate collateral, commercial printing,
magazines, catalogs, books, coupons, inserts, newspapers, packaging
applications and direct mail advertising.
NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan,
Minnesota, Nova Scotia, and Wisconsin. These mills currently have a total
annual production capacity of approximately 5.5 million tons of paper,
including approximately 4.3 million tons of coated paper, approximately
920,000 tons of uncoated paper and approximately 300,000 tons of specialty
paper, as well as approximately 3.2 million tons of pulp.
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