Mr. Joseph Kruger II, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Québec on May 17, 2016, in Québec City, in recognition of his contribution as an exceptional citizen. The medal was awarded during a ceremony presided by Mr. Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Member for Mont-Royal, accompanied by Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, and other Members of the National Assembly. In granting him this honour, the Members of the National Assembly aim to underline Mr. Kruger’s significant contribution to the Québec community through the family company of which he has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1988. “In addition to being a phenomenal entrepreneur, Joseph Kruger II is above all an ambitious, passionate and generous man. I was proud to address the National Assembly to sincerely thank him for his exemplary achievement, and to underline Kruger Inc.’s contribution to the Québec community,” said Mont-Royal MNA, Mr. Arcand.
Catalyst Powell River has announced a temporary 17-day curtailment of its paper operations in Powell River.
In a bulletin to employees dated Tuesday, July 9, Krista Cuddy, the Paper Excellence mill’s interim general manager, said she regrets to announce that paper machines 10 and 11 will be curtailed, beginning Saturday, July 20, through to Tuesday, August 6. Cuddy indicated that the mill’s steam plant will remain running to support power generation.
The curtailment is a result of continued weakness in the market and a tight fibre supply in the province, Cuddy stated.
She indicated that in conjunction with the sales force, Catalyst will continue to pursue opportunities to grow in more sustainable product lines and the company is actively studying strategic alternatives for the paper machines.
The bulletin indicated that the company will meet with the unions over the next few days to discuss the impact to the crews during the curtailment period.