Not good news:
WHITING — NewPage Corp. will permanently close its Whiting paper mill by the end of February because of declining demand for the coated paper produced there, the company announced today.
The closing will eliminate 360 jobs from NewPage. It is unclear whether some employees of the Whiting mill will move to other NewPage facilities in central Wisconsin because of seniority within the unions, bumping workers at those mills into unemployment.
According to NewPage, this closing has nothing to do with quality or workforce, just numbers:
“This is not a reflection on the high quality work force we have here in Whiting,” Mark Lukacs, senior vice president of operations said. “Products made here in Whiting can be made at several other facilities at lower costs.”
Here’s the statement from the NewPage website.