"After a comprehensive review of post-pandemic demand forecasts and capacity, we made the difficult decision to idle the Duluth and Wisconsin Rapids mills.
The Wisconsin Paper Council has also made a statement. During challenging times, Wisconsinites have always come together to support one another, and I know this will be no different.”, "Verso Corporation’s decision to idle its paper mills in Wisconsin and Minnesota is disappointing news for our entire industry. or email@example.com, All content © 2000 - 2020, WAOW Television, Inc. All rights reserved. “Verso is committed to treating all of our affected employees with fairness and respect. Verso plans to idle the Duluth mill by the end of June and the Wisconsin Rapids mill by the end of July, according to the company.
My heart goes out to the workers, their families, and their communities who are all dealing with this new uncertainty in an even more uncertain world.
Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Shane Blaser statement: “I am disappointed by the news that Verso Corporation plans to suspend operations at their Wisconsin Rapids mill and lay off their hard-working, dedicated employees. “A full shutdown has never happened in the history of this mill, dating back to 1904. The company announced Tuesday it will indefinitely idle its paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota, while “exploring viable and sustainable alternatives for both mills,” according to a statement. News Tips: 715-842-9293 An unknown number of employees will be kept on after July 31 for an unknown amount of time to continue limited operations and maintenance of the mill.
State Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, called the shutdown a “horrendous side effect from the outbreak” in a statement to media Tuesday morning. The program provides prelayoff workshops on topics like resume writing and interviewing, job search strategies and budgeting. The department has not yet received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice from Verso. All rights reserved. “I commit to furthering Senator Testin’s and Representative Krug’s efforts to support the affected employees and our community in this difficult transition.”. Wisconsin Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman spoke with Testin on Tuesday morning about the number of workers affected, the work being done at the mill and how the decision might affect other paper-related companies in the area, said Ben Jedd, a department spokesman.
Contact Caitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @CaitlinShuda. Verso is a Tennessee-based company that bought the Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids mills from NewPage Corp. in 2014 as part of a $1.4 billion deal. The sell through of inventory is expected to offset the cash costs of idling the mills.".
The Wisconsin Rapids Mill employs around 900, and according to Verso, "a majority of the employees will be laid off."
“During a time when so many have so little, with COVID-19 impacting our health and wealth, this news Is even more devastating,” Blaser said.
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