FOREST TALK

Whakatāne Mill closure ‘devastating’

 

The closure of Whakatāne Mill has been confirmed, with over 150 skilled operational workers being made redundant after 85 years of operations.

 

FIRST Union and E tū say the impact on the local community will be significant, however there is still a chance for a new buyer to repurpose the existing plant and secure crucial infrastructure in New Zealand’s forestry supply chain.

 

“There are many options for refitting the existing assets to continue manufacturing pulp and paper products,” says Jared Abbott, FIRST Union Secretary for Transport, Logistics and Finance.

 

“We are inviting potential buyers to ask for our assistance to get the support needed to make the most of the existing skills and infrastructure available.

 

“There are opportunities in the industry and there is an important role for Government to play in securing the wood supply chain and increasing our manufacturing capacity.”

 

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