The Blue Heron paper company has announced 50 layoffs and filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy — both moves the company says it needs to make to stay in business. Despite the major blow, 165 Blue Heron’s employees will keep their jobs. Mill workers at another plant were not so lucky. International Paper closed its Albany plant in December, leaving workers and the community reeling.
For the families directly affected by the job losses, the impact is of course enormous. But the shrinking paper business also changes the econonmic realities for many other regional businesses as well.
Have you lost your job at a paper mill? Are you getting the financial or retraining assitance you need? Do you still work in the paper industry or in a company that does business with a paper mill? How secure do you feel?
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OPB | Sept. 22, 2016