Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

Clearwater Paper Corporation is to permanently and immediately close its Long Island, N.Y., tissue converting and distribution facility, affecting 155 staff.

Tom Colgrove, president of the company’s consumer products division, said: “After thoughtful consideration, we have determined that permanently closing our Long Island plant and consolidating manufacturing at the company’s other lower-cost tissue facilities is a necessary step for Clearwater Paper.
“This has been a tough decision, one where we carefully reviewed all alternatives to closing the plant.”

The company will work with the New York Department of Labor’s Rapid Response Unit to assist employees in receiving training or educational benefits or other benefits that enable them to find new employment as quickly as possible.

Displaced employees will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Clearwater Paper facilities. In addition, employees will be offered separation pay.

Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, AfH tissue, parent roll tissue, machine glazed tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at 14 manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors.