Resolute Forest Products ending paper making at old Bowater plant

Will cost 350 jobs, more than half of the workers at the plant

CALHOUN, Tennessee (WDEF) – 67 years of making paper in Calhoun, Tennessee is coming to an end.

Resolute Forest products announce they are shutting down their Pulp and Paper operations at the old Bowater plant in Calhoun.

But they will continue to make tissue paper there.

The move will cost the plant more than half its jobs.

Resolute says they will eliminate 350 hourly and salary positions over the next 60 days as they end production.

There are 545 workers there now.

At one point, the Bowater operation was one of the biggest newsprint plants in the country.

But as newspaper printing has struggled, so has the plant.

They make pulp and uncoated freesheet paper there now.

Ironically, 2021 was a good year for the paper products, but not for the tissues.

However Resolute officials say they lost $62 million on the plant last year.

Resolute President and CEO Remi Lalonde says “Success has proved illusive at Calhoun’s pulp and paper operations, despite the best efforts of our dedicated employees and significant investments of time, energy and resources over the last few years.”



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