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Resolute To Shut Down Catawba Production Line

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:10am
The Associated Press

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Resolute Forest Products says it is shutting down one of four production lines at its Catawba plant at the end of the month.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (http://bit.ly/O6BpFe ) that the line, which makes lightweight coated paper used in magazines and advertising fliers, will shut down June 30. Company spokeswoman Debbie Johnston said layoffs will start July 2.

It's not known how many people will be laid off. Steelworkers Union President Mike Godfrey says about 100 employees operate the line slated for shutdown.

The plant has approximately 750 workers.

Johnston said the shutdown was because of market conditions, which she described as "sluggish." She said the shutdown was for an "indeterminable" length of time, and Resolute Forest Products chose to shut down the line instead of stockpiling inventory.

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