(Courtland, AL (WHNT) International Paper has announced it will close its paper mill in Lawrence County, AL.
The mill is the county’s largest employer and will shut down in stages, with the full closure expected to be complete by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
The closure affects 1,100 employees. They learned the news at a staff meeting Wednesday morning, according to an employee who called WHNT News 19.
“These decisions are especially difficult because of the impact to long-serving and hard-working employees, their families and the surrounding communities,” said John Faraci, International Paper Chairman and CEO. ”This decision to permanently close capacity is primarily being driven by demand decline for uncoated freesheet paper products in the United States.”