Resolute to heat 'critical areas' of idled Fort Frances mill
Unifor thanks company, province for protecting mill while new buyer is sought
Resolute Forest Products says "critical areas' of its idled pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances will be heated this winter.
The mill was shut down in January and a recent attempt to sell it fell through. On Saturday, Unifor (the union representing laid-off workers), issued a news release saying arrangements had been made for Resolute to heat the mill this winter.
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There were fears that the cold weather would damage equipment in the mill beyond repair and make it unsellable.
Kursman said it has cost Resolute $17.5 million to keep the site "heated and lit" during the last two years while it was in "asset protection mode."
Unifor said it believes the forest industry is in recovery and and expressed gratitude that the Fort Frances mill will not be abandoned.
"We would like to thank Resolute, a leader in the industry, for their commitment to protecting the mill and its equipment and for their cooperation in ongoing efforts to find a buyer for the mill," Dias said. "We are also grateful to the provincial government for the important role it is playing to secure a future for the mill."