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Oregon paper mill will shut mill after 128 years

Photo: West Linn Paper
Photo: West Linn Paper
Published by
Simon Matthis - 06 May 2019

West Linn Paper Company based in Oregon, US, recently announced 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. As a result we will wind up our operations as quickly and efficiently as possible, beginning immediately," Brian Konen, West Linn Paper's chief operating officer, said in a written statement, obtained by The Oregonian.

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," Brian Conen wrote.

The company was then unable to secure the pulp necessary to continue operations and lacks sufficient economic resources to idle the plant pending improved conditions, according to Conen.