Graphic Packaging to close US Paperboard Mill, axing 120 jobs

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Graphic Packaging to close a paperboard mill. Picture Graphic Packaging.
Graphic Packaging to close a paperboard mill. Picture Graphic Packaging.
Graphic Packaging will close its coated recycled paperboard mill in Santa Clara, California, at the end of 2017.

The decision was made owing to an assessment of the facility's manufacturing capabilities and associated costs in the context of the company's overall mill operating capability.

The closure will affect approximately 120 employees.

"The closing of the Santa Clara facility was a difficult decision​,” said Michael Doss, CEO, Graphic Packaging.

We are working closely with the affected employees to provide support and assistance.​"

"Following the closure, we expect to meet our external and internal paperboard commitments previously serviced by our Santa Clara mill by redistributing production across our lower cost Midwest coated recycled mills, as well as our West Monroe, Louisiana, and Macon, Georgia coated unbleached kraft paper mills​.

Our ability to redistribute our production underscores the flexibility that we have across our mill system that has been greatly enhanced over the last several years through targeted and strategic capital investments​."

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