Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced the temporary closure of its Kénogami, Quebec, supercalendered paper mill from June 23 to July 4, 2016.
The 11 days of downtime, impacting 184 employees at the operation, is in large part attributable to the ongoing market disruption caused by measures taken by the former provincial NDP Government in Nova Scotia and the former Conservative Government of Canada in support of the Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, paper mill.
Resolute has consistently raised concerns with government officials, including at the Canadian federal level, that special measures of support discriminated in favor of Port Hawkesbury and resulted, among other damages, in the permanent closure of Resolute's Laurentide, Quebec, paper mill in the fall of 2014.
As a result, late last year, Resolute filed a Notice of Arbitration with the Canadian Federal Government under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, wood products, tissue, newsprint and specialty papers.