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Appvion is the newest to announce layoffs. Hear what an Appleton Coated worker stated concerning the results of layoffs at his firm.

APPLETON - Appvion and United Steelworkers Union representatives met Wednesday to start discussing particulars of the paper firm’s consolidation plan that may remove 200 jobs in Appleton

That quantity represents about one-quarter of Appvion’s native 800-employee workforce, and is a component of a bigger development that worries paper business watchers.

Appvion's layoffs have been first introduced in a Nov. 9 story. It adopted the corporate's submitting for Chapter 11 chapter safety in October.

“The primary layoffs will happen in January and would proceed as we transition most of our carbonless coating and changing operations to the Roaring Spring Mill (in Pennsylvania) throughout 2018," stated spokesman Invoice Van Den Brandt. "We challenge that we'll full the transition course of in third quarter 2018.”

A consultant for United Steelworkers Union didn't return calls asking for remark. About 175 of the 200 being laid off are union members.

The 200 job losses come on the heels of greater than 600 jobs misplaced at Appleton Coated in Mixed Locks. And U.S. Paper Converters introduced it's closing in Grand Chute, eliminating 52 jobs. Appvion additionally outsourced its warehouse and distribution middle on Appleton’s east aspect the place 62 staff labored.

Outagamie County Government Tom Nelson stated he's alarmed concerning the lack of paper business jobs on the three corporations.

He questioned spending $three billion in state cash to convey Foxconn to Wisconsin whereas the paper business was taking a heavy hit.

Utilizing state WARN notices displaying three,000 jobs misplaced within the state from August to October, he stated the Fox Valley shouldered almost 1,000 of these misplaced jobs.

"We've three half % of the inhabitants sustaining about one third of the state's job losses. That is large. It is overwhelming. Because the nice recession, we've not been hit this difficult. The job loss is heavy and concentrated," he stated.

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He estimated that Outagamie County paper mills misplaced 40 % of their staff in the previous few months.

"Think about what we might do with a tiny fraction of that ($three billion Foxconn) outlay?" he stated. "One penny on the greenback, $30 million. Consider how we might assist space paper mills by making that cash obtainable to retool from white paper machines to brown paper manufacturing. For brown paper, the longer term is limitless. Amazon packages arrive in your doorstep in a brown paper field full of brown paper."

Appleton Coated was stated to be within the preliminary levels of changing its machines to brown paper when it went into receivership and was bought to Industrial Belongings Corp.

The mill continues to be marketed to different potential consumers who might restart the mill and rehire a few of the 600-plus staff.

“We're nonetheless actively looking for a companion,” stated Kyle Putzstuck, affiliate director of Morris Anderson, a turnaround consulting agency. He oversees the mill for proprietor Industrial Belongings. “We nonetheless really feel there are constructive indicators on the market. We proceed to get calls and convey individuals by way of. We stay optimistic.”

The Appleton Coated paper mill in Mixed Locks is at present in an idle state and has a lowered employees of about 60 staff.

In the meantime, Appvion's coming job cuts in 2018 will scale back its native workforce to an estimated 240 in its headquarters and 300 in its plant producing thermal paper merchandise and a few carbonless and specialty coated grades. It has 560 staff at its amenities in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The corporate is worker owned. On the time of the transition to an ESOP in 2001, the corporate, then generally known as Appleton Papers, had 2,500 staff, together with 1,400 in Appleton, in accordance with information reviews on the time.

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