Appleton proposes plan to cut 330 jobs (Emily Tam)

Updated: Friday, 24 Feb 2012, 12:20 AM EST

Published : Thursday, 23 Feb 2012, 3:45 PM EST

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Appleton Paper announced Feb. 23, a tentative agreement that may result in the company ceasing paper production at its West Carrollton facility, according to Appleton’s Jason Lusk.

Appleton reached a tentative agreement to purchase the majority of the uncoated paper it needs to produce its thermal, carbonless, and other specialty paper products from Domtar Corp. Lusk said that deal would enable the company to close the old, high-cost papermaking operations at the West Carrollton mill.

“We believe our proposal to discontinue papermaking operations at West Carrollton is a competitive necessity and not a reflection of the talent or commitment of our mill employees,” said Mark Richards, Appleton’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The proposed agreement would result in a reduction of approximately 330 jobs at the West Carrollton facility. mill. Approximately 100 employees would be retained to continue to operate the thermal paper coating operations installed there in 2008.

Lusk said the agreement is pending discussions with representatives of West Carrollton’s Local 266 of the United Steelworkers regarding the reasons the company chose to pursue the agreement.

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