Domtar to curtail paper production at Ashdown mill in Arkansas

The Ashdown mill. Photo: Domtar

Domtar says it will indefinitely curtail paper operations at its subsidiary's (Domtar A.W. LLC) Ashdown, Arkansas, facility.

The Ashdown Mill's A62 paper machine and associated sheeter will be indefinitely idled by the end of June, reducing Domtar's annual uncoated freesheet capacity by 216,000 short tons.

The curtailment isn't expected to result in a workforce reduction.

Related to the curtailment, the Ashdown mill will restart its pulp dryer, resulting in 165,000 air dried metric tons annually of added capacity of southern bleached softwood kraft pulp. This new capacity increases the mill's total to 700,000 air dried metric tons annually, inclusive of 442,000 air dried metric tons of fluff pulp, according to Market Watch.

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of sustainable fiber-based products including paper, market pulp, wood products and tissue. Domtar's principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and the company employs approximately 12,000 employees.