Closure of P.A. Mill Expected to Hurt the North

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 13:32




Weyerhaeuser has announced it will be shutting down its Prince Albert pulp and paper mill for two weeks later this fall — a decision that will have ramifications in Northern Saskatchewan.


Effective October 29th, 644 employees will be laid off until November 12th.


Company spokesman Wayne Roznowsky says the move is a result of American tariffs and weak markets, and will have an impact on northern contractors.


He also says it will affect business at sawmills throughout the North, since the company buys wood chips from sawmills in places like La Ronge and Green Lake.


One hundred and forty-four salaried employees will not be affected by the shutdown, but they will be encouraged to take some time off.