Helsinki, Finland, 12 March 2010 -- The statutory labor negotiations concerning the continuation of operations at the Kyröskoski sawmill of the Metsäliitto Wood Products Industry have been completed. The negotiations could not identify a profitable solution for the continuation of the sawmill operations from an overall perspective, and Metsäliitto has decided to close the mill, which has been showing a loss.
"On the basis of calculations concerning the preconditions for profitable production and the sufficiency of competitively available spruce and pine logs, a solution for continued operations could not be found. Focusing production on units where the conditions enable operation at an optimal level is necessary for profitable activities," said Ole Salvén, group executive vice president of Metsäliitto Wood Products Industry.
Metsäliitto will do its best to help find work for those who will lose their jobs, either within the Metsäliitto Group or in other companies. The cooperation negotiation parties agreed on a support package that will facilitate employment and secure the financial position of the personnel in the new situation.
The Kyröskoski spruce sawmill is located in Hämeenkyrö. The annual volume of sawn timber produced at the mill is approximately 200,000 cubic meters and the number of employees is 62. More than 50% of the production is exported, about 25% is delivered to Metsäliitto Wood Products Industry for processing, and the remainder is supplied to domestic sales. Operations at the Kyröskoski sawmill have been suspended since January 2009.