Cohoes, New York, USA, 24 October 2011 -- In a move designed to realign its manufacturing platform to meet the needs of a changing market, Mohawk Fine Papers plans to close the Beckett Mill in Hamilton, Ohio, at the end of the year. The shutdown would include the mill’s three paper machines and would affect 137 union and salaried employees.
"This was a very difficult decision. Our employees at Beckett have done everything asked of them and we are grateful for their efforts and contributions. Our decision reflects the realities of today’s market and our belief that the changes in communications technology and print impacting our businesses are both fundamental and permanent," the company noted.
Mohawk expects uninterrupted supply as it transitions manufacturing of current products from Beckett to its paper mills in Cohoes and Waterford, New York. Mohawk will continue to operate its envelope, converting, and warehouse/distribution facilities in Saybrook, Ohio, along with warehouses in California, Washington, New York, and the Netherlands.
Going forward, Mohawk’s Writing, Text and Cover paper business will be a solid base to build on, given the right mix of manufacturing and distribution assets, which the company will now have in place.