'Continued operations impossible' for West Linn Paper Company
WEST LINN, Ore. – Many workers will soon be out of a job after the West Linn Paper Company closes.
The West Linn Paper Company is the city's oldest and largest employer. Company officials say they are ceasing operations and will begin shutting down the business.
Brian Konen, chief operating officer for West Linn Paper Company released the following statement regarding the closure:
“We are deeply disappointed to end the mill’s 128 year history, the last twenty of which resulted from a major restructuring and restart when our current ownership took control of West Linn Paper Company. The commitment and support that we received from our employees, our lenders and our owners as we sought to adapt to structural changes in our markets has been remarkable. However, several unforeseeable events have led to a significant reduction in available pulp, making continued operations impossible. As a result we will wind up our operations as quickly and efficiently as possible, beginning immediately.”
Officials said they will continue to accept orders for stock product and that orders that have been produced but not yet shopped will be shipped. The company says it will not accepted any new manufacturing orders and review the orders they've already accepted.
The City of West Linn said it will be moving forward with a "Waterfront Plan" for a two-mile stretch of land along the Willamette that includes the paper mill's property.
City officials released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
"The West Linn Paper Company has been a mainstay in the City and I am deeply saddened the company is closing," said West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod. "My sympathies are with the employees of the company and their families. The City will work with the West Linn Paper Company to lessen any hardships in any way possible."