Nova Scotia

Closing Hantsport mill lauds 'best' workers

As the paperboard mill in Hantsport closes today, leaving 135 people out of work, a company official thanks his employees.
The plant in Hantsport is closing down Friday. (CBC)

As the paperboard mill in Hantsport closes Friday, leaving 135 people out of work, a company official is thanking his employees.

The mill, owned by the Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Ltd., has operated for nearly 85 years.

Robert Patzelt, the company's senior vice-president of corporate development, credits the employees for the mill's long run.

"It speaks volumes as to why a company like ours was successful for so long. You're only as good as the people who worked with you and for you, and we had the best," he said.

The company said the mill faced a number of challenges, including rising costs and competition.

Though the company will no longer be in the paperboard business, it will continue to make paper products.

About 40 people will be offered work at the plant next door, which manufactures paper plates and other containers.

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