Dublin mill to shut down for 11 days

SP Newsprint, which has a mill in Dublin, will close for 11 days beginning next month, putting about 300 employees on unpaid leave.

The closure will take place April 24-May 4 and is being done “by and large because of the situation in the industry,” said Roland Holub, senior vice president of sales for Brant Industries Inc., which is associated with SP Newsprint.

“This is something that is industry wide,” Holub said. “A lot of companies that produce paper are scheduled to go down (temporarily).”

Customers will continue to be served by existing inventories, and will not experience any service interruptions during the downtime, Holub said. Normally the mill would produce about 18,000 metric tons over an 11-day period.

The Telegraph is a customer of SP Newsprint, but beginning early next month, the Macon newspaper will be printed at The Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus. Both papers are owned by California-based The McClatchy Co., which used to have a one-third ownership in SP Newsprint. McClatchy sold its interest in the newsprint company early last year.

SP Newsprint Co. is the fourth largest newsprint manufacturer in North America, according to a news release, with about 900,000 metric tons of newsprint production capacity a year. The company also has a mill in Newberg, Ore., and it operates 23 recycling facilities through its subsidiary, SP Recycling Corp.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.