IP to idle mill for another two weeks

Published 9:41 am Thursday, April 2, 2009

International Paper Co. will idle its Franklin mill for two more weeks this spring due to lack of orders, a company official said.

The temporary shutdown is scheduled for the last week in May and the first week in June, according to Desmond Stills, company spokesman. The mill also was idled for two weeks in March.

The latest announcement comes on the heels of news that IP will close its Franklin lumber mill by May 31, eliminating 123 jobs.

The company this week also announced job reductions at its sheet converting plant and Converting Innovation Center, or CIC.

The reductions at the sheet plant and CIC will affect approximately 25 and 10 employees, respectively, and are scheduled to be completed by June 30.

Stills said counselors are at IP through Friday if any employees want to talk.

IP is in negotiations now with unions to work out severance packages, insurance and out-placements for employees, Stills said.