Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 02 April 2009 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX: UFS) announced today that it will idle its Dryden, Ontario, pulp-making facility for approximately 10 weeks, effective 25 April 2009. This decision was taken in response to continued weak global demand for pulp and the need to manage inventory levels. Domtar also will idle its Ear Falls, Ontario, sawmill for approximately seven weeks, effective 10 April 2009.
North American lumber market conditions require that this temporary curtailment be taken at this time. These temporary measures will affect approximately 500 people employed at the pulp mill, sawmill, and related forestland operations.
The Dryden mill has an annual softwood pulp production capacity of 319,000 air dry metric tons. The Ear Falls sawmill has an annual production capacity of 190 million board feet of dimensional lumber.
Domtar Corporation (NYSE/TSX:UFS) is the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America and the second largest in the world based on production capacity. The company also manufactures papergrade, fluff, and specialty pulp. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes a wide range of business, commercial printing, publication, converting, and specialty papers. Domtar owns and operates Domtar Distribution Group, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution facilities. Domtar also produces lumber and other specialty and industrial wood products. The company employs nearly 11,000 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.