A smoldering fire at KapStone caused in an unknown amount of damage to mill’s biggest paper machine Tuesday. Crews from Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a call of a smoldering fire at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning at Paper Machine No. 10. By the time firefighters arrived, sprinklers had already doused much of the flames, but there was a small amount of smoldering from the burning machine, said Captain Randy Bradshaw of Longview Fire. Firefighters worked with KapStone crews to identify hot spots underneath the hood of the machine and on the roof, Bradshaw said. KapStone’s own emergency response team used the company’s hoses to put out the hot spots, Bradshaw said. Click Read More below for more of the story.
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A new four-year agreement between Catalyst Paper Corporation and Unifor Locals 1 and 76 in Powell River has been approved by workers, according to Unifor national representative Jim Dixon. In all, the company’s 630 employees with Unifor and the Public and Private Workers of Canada - Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada at Catalyst mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River ratified six new collective agreements. They extend to April 30, 2021, and are retroactive to May 1, 2017. Click Read More below for additional information.
Highlights: - Net sales totaled SEK 117,314m (115,316) - Organic sales, which exclude exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments, increased by 2% - Operating profit rose 3% to SEK 11,279m (10,947) - Adjusted operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 7% to SEK 13,989m (13,014) - The adjusted operating margin was 11.9% (11.3%) - Adjusted profit before tax rose 8% to SEK 13,070m (12,059). click Read More below for additional detail