ESPANOLA, Ontario — Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, was shocked and saddened to learn that the Domtar pulp and paper mill will be idling indefinitely and for a minimum of one year. MP Hughes reached out to Domtar’s Regional Public Affairs Manager to see if any government assistance could help in averting the closure. “This is a sombre day for workers, their families, the Town of Espanola and surrounding communities,” said Hughes. “Once you lay off workers, the chance of being able to rehire them becomes more challenging as those experienced professionals move on with their careers elsewhere.” Domtar employed 450 people from Espanola and other local communities. Domtar workers produced approximately 280,000 air-dried metric tons of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and 69,000 tons of specialty paper annually.
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