VERNON, BC – Due to a lack of rail car availability, Tolko’s Manitoba Kraft Papers, has implemented an emergency shutdown of production January 15, 2014 and issued temporary layoff notices to employees. It is anticipated that operations will resume with the day shift on Monday, January 20, 2014.
“We are experiencing a continued shortage of railcars to the area due to extreme weather conditions over the last number of weeks,” said Blair Rydberg, Tolko’s Site Manager of Manitoba Operations. “As a result, our warehouse is extremely full of paper rolls and we are unable to produce more paper until inventory levels become more manageable.”
Rydberg continued “The emergency shutdown and subsequent layoffs are in no way a reflection of our employees’ performance or commitment. We wish to thank all employees for their continued cooperation and understanding during this time.”
Manitoba Kraft Papers produces unbleached kraft paper and sack kraft paper and employs approximately 265 people.