Paper Excellence has announced that due to its inability to access ‘economic fiber’, they intend to permanently close their pulp mill in Mackenzie, B.C. The closure of pulp and paper mills in B.C. has been predicted. The result of the permanent closure of several sawmills over the past several years. The mill was temporarily shut down in 2020, partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the high cost of fiber. “Since acquiring the Mackenzie mill in 2010, Paper Excellence has invested more than $360 million in the facility,” the company said in a press release. “However, despite these investments and the committed team of employees in Mackenzie, the facility’s small production capacity and the ongoing lack of local economic fiber meant the mill could not be globally competitive. Where possible, Mackenzie employees have been relocated to other Paper Excellence facilities across Canada.”
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Mill will close permanently