Paper Mill Laying Off 40, Cutting Production

High energy and pulp costs, plus a downturn in orders force Wasau Paper to cut production and lay off 40 workers at its mill in Maine.

JAY, Maine (AP) -- Wasau Paper is cutting production and laying off 40 workers at its mill in Jay.
The Wisconsin-based company blamed the cuts on high energy and pulp costs plus a downturn in orders.
According to a company spokesman, the mill will go from running seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to five days a week. The company has about 245 employees at the Jay mill, and about 40 hourly workers will be laid off.
Gary Rudemiller, a vice president at Wausau's headquarters, said the cutbacks are intended to be temporary, but he can't say how long they'll last.
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