Espanola council ‘reassures’ town facing paper mill shutdown

By Erik White
CBC News
September 13, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Meeting for the first time since learning the northern Ontario town’s main employer is about to shutdown, Espanola council promised Tuesday night to work toward a “strong future” that could still include a pulp and paper mill. Domtar announced last week that starting next month, it is indefinitely idling its decades-old plant on the Spanish River, putting 450 jobs in jeopardy. …Mayor Doug Gervais told council that in the few days since the announcement, it has been contacted by “many employers” and plans are underway to hold a job fair in Espanola. He said Domtar is also making “similar efforts”. …Gervais was clear that future could still include a pulp and paper mill, noting that the plant, which has been for sale for about a year now, is “very well situated”.

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