Abitibi won’t close Iroquois Falls paper machine (July 26, 2001)

IROQUOIS FALLS, Ont. — Earlier this week, Abitibi-Consolidateds announced its Number One paper machine located here will remain open.

Official word came after the company reached an agreement with the four union groups, under the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), to keep operating the specialty news print machine.

The news finally managed to elevate spirits around the small northeastern Ontario community for the first time since May. That’s when Abitibi announced it would close the machine — which employs 200 people and has an annual production capacity of 50,000 tonnes.

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