Rumor mill working overtime says Abitibi

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KENORA, Ont. — The Kenora Abitibi-Consolidated mill is not planning to cease operations at this time general manager David Kerr told local media in response to several rumors.

When probed on any plans to change operations at the mill, Kerr’s response was that no such plans exist at this point.

“All I can say is no decisions have been made yet regarding capacity reduction and/or inventory or market related downtime,” he explains. Kerr suggested rumors are surfacing more now because the company has committed to reducing its high-cost newsprint capacity by 400,000 tonnes by the end of the year.

Meanwhile another Abitibi spokesman says the company is considering additional downtime along with other scenarios for reducing operating costs. The Kenora mill was recently shut down for four weeks and only reopened May 8.

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