Paper Excellence today announced it hopes for a speedy end to the CP Rail labour dispute which will begin to impact Skookumchuck Pulp Inc., Paper Excellence’s mill located in the East Kootenays. Global logistics have been incredibly challenging for the company during the pandemic and the additional impacts from devastating wildfires and flood events in BC last year made the situation ever more difficult. The CP Rail strike will further disrupt and impact Skookumchuck Pulp mill. PE respects the collective bargaining process. However, the company is concerned that a protracted disruption in rail service would impact the operation of our mill and employment in the rural communities that support our operation. The Skookumchuck mill, which employs 280 people and infuses over $1 million daily into Canada’s economy, is highly dependent on rail service to get finished pulp to the coast of British Columbia. Paper Excellence remains committed to servicing our customers’ needs during this interruption.
Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE: SWM) (“SWM”) and Neenah, Inc. (NYSE: NP) (“Neenah”), two leading global manufacturers of specialty materials, today announced the future name of the combined company upon completing the pending all-stock merger of equals. Each company’s shareholders are scheduled to vote on the transaction on June 29, 2022. The transaction is expected to close on or around July 1, 2022, subject to Neenah and SWM shareholder approval, approval by antitrust authorities in Poland, and other customary closing conditions.
Upon close, the new company name will be Mativ, Inc. (“Mativ”) and its shares will begin trading on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “MATV.” The “SWM” and “NP” ticker symbols will be deactivated.
Julie Schertell, President and CEO of Neenah and named President and CEO of Mativ upon close, commented, “I could not be more energized about bringing together two highly innovative solutions companies into Mativ. We are on track with regulatory clearance approvals, our pre-integration teams are in place, and we have a clear path to over $65 million in synergies. Our customers and the investor community have responded very positively to the merger’s compelling strategic and financial merits of the merger, underscored by an accelerated growth outlook. As a team, we could not be more excited as we prepare for this new beginning… better, stronger, together, as Mativ.”