Domtar Regional Public Affairs Manager, Bonny Skene, says the company has developed a plan to simplify and modernize operations at the Espanola pulp and paper mill, which will prepare the facility for capital projects over the next three years.

She says they are consolidating the fiber production line from two to one bleach plant, and reducing batch digesters from five to three to improve the mill’s sustainability over the long-term.

That work will be carried out during the upcoming Spring shutdown.

Skene adds both specialty paper machines will continue to operate and around 70 jobs will be affected through attrition and retirement.

The Espanola mill manufactures pulp and specialty papers.