Domtar Corporation (ticker: UFS, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Domtar to permanently reduce paper manufacturing capacity at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill
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UFS (NYSE, TSX)
MONTREAL, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:
UFS) announced today that it will permanently reduce its fine paper
manufacturing at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill, by shutting down one of
the two paper machines comprising the mill's fine paper production unit. This
will result in the curtailment, at the end of February 2009, of 293,000 short
tons of the mill's uncoated freesheet production capacity. Domtar plans to
reduce staff across various parts of the mill by approximately 185 employees.
"Continued adverse economic conditions and the decline of fine paper
orders require that we reduce our uncoated freesheet manufacturing capacity,"
said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar.
"Plymouth employees have made commendable efforts over the years to keep their
facility operating efficiently and I want to thank all affected employees for
their hard work and dedication," concluded Mr. Williams.
The Plymouth mill will continue to operate two pulp lines, one pulp dryer
and one paper machine.
From a financial perspective, the closure will result in pre-tax charges
to earnings of approximately $51 million, of which an estimated $41 million is
non-cash relating to the write-down of the paper machine and a sheeter. Of the
pre-tax cash charges, $9 million relate to severance and employee benefits and
$1 million to other items. Pre-tax impact on earnings is expected to be
incurred in the first quarter of 2009.
As a result of this decision, the carrying amount of the remaining assets
is currently being tested for impairment and may result in a write-down during
the first quarter of 2009. The carrying amount of these assets was
approximately $350 million at December 31, 2008.
Domtar will take appropriate measures to assist employees affected by
these decisions in accordance with its policies.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:UFS) is the largest integrated manufacturer
and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second
largest in the world based on production capacity, and is also a manufacturer
of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp. The Company designs, manufactures,
markets and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing and
publication as well as converting and specialty papers including recognized
brands such as Cougar(R), Lynx(R) Opaque, Husky(R) Offset, First Choice(R) and
Domtar EarthChoice(R) Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and
socially responsible papers. Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution
Group, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution
facilities. Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial
wood products. The Company employs nearly 11,500 people. To learn more, visit
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