Only two months after the closure of a large pulp and paper mill in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, another prominent paper mill is facing a similar threat.
AbitibiBowater announced this week it would close its mill just outside of Liverpool, NS if they cannot come up with a strategy that could help it survive.
“We talked about weeks for plans to be in place and developed to address the various challenges. So there is a great sense of urgency to move on and get things resolved,” AbitibiBowater spokeperson Seth Kursman told the CBC. “Right now the Mersey mill is certainly not competitive … We’ve got to get competitive or the risk of that mill not having a future is very real.”
Being competitive in a struggling market often means being innovative – something industry experts in the Maritimes pointed out on the heels of the NewPage closure in Port Hawkesbury in August.
Mark Arsenault, executive director and CEO of New Brunswick’s Forest Products Association told the CBC that mills in his province have been actively seeking new techniques, new product developments and new innovations for years in order to maintain a strong presence in the Maritime forestry sector.