West Linn Paper will shut mill after 128 years

By Mike Rogoway
The Oregonian
October 17, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

West Linn Paper Company said Monday that it will close down, eliminating roughly 250 jobs and closing the door on the mill’s 128-year history. “Several unforeseeable events have led to a significant reduction in available pulp, making continued operations impossible…” Brian Konen, West Linn Paper’s chief operating officer, said in a written statement. In a note to employees, …Konen said the decision to close came abruptly. “One of our major pulp suppliers suddenly stopped production due to a major equipment failure, and other pulp suppliers recently withdrew our normal and viable credit terms in the wake of credit and insurance developments in the industry,” he wrote. “Accordingly, we are unable to secure the pulp necessary to continue operations and do not have sufficient economic resources to idle our plant pending improved conditions.” 

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