SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): In an announcement to its employees, Ahlstrom-Munksjo said that it has decided to temporarily idle #8 paper machine at its Rhinelander, Wisconsin Plant in the U.S in December this year. Also, the #20 Supercalender and #21 Rewinder machines will be idled in July next year.
The plant employs nearly 500 people. The number of employees likely to be affected by the decision is yet to be determined, which will be calculated based on retirements and other potential job assignments. It must be noted that the No.8 paper machine has an annual capacity of 14,000 tons.
Commenting on the decision, Robyn Buss, Executive Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö's Food Packaging & Technical Solutions Business Area said that the company aims to provide cost-effective and innovative products, challenging its machine capabilities to generate optimum results. The company’s robust manufacturing platform is well-positioned for continued success. It aims to offer highest level of service, by utilizing other machines in its regional system, Buss added.
Helsinki, Finland-based Ahlstrom-Munksjö is one of the world’s leading players in sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions.