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Pope & Talbot Announces Temporary Capacity Reduction
Portland, Oregon, USA, 31 July 2007 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Pope & Talbot, Inc. (NYSE: POP) today announced a temporary capacity reduction at its pulp mill in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

The mill, one of the largest producers of high-quality northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp in Canada, will curtail one of its three lines due to a reduced supply of affordable fiber in the coastal region. The move is expected to reduce the productive capacity of the 400,000-ton per year facility by approximately 17% and affect up to 70 mill employees.

Pope and Talbot CEO Harold Stanton said the move was necessary to ensure that the company could continue to honor customer contracts. He attributed conditions leading to the decision to a reduction of lumber capacity in the coastal region and the strong Canadian dollar. The current Steelworkers coastal strike will worsen the situation in the near-term.

"Given the external conditions, there is only so much affordable fiber available to us. That which we can cost-effectively procure, must go to honoring contracts with our key customers," said Stanton. "While this will be tough news for some of our employees, we do have the flexibility to return to full capacity as conditions improve."

Pope & Talbot is a pulp and wood products business. The company is based in Portland, Oregon, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol POP. Pope & Talbot was founded in 1849 and produces market pulp and softwood lumber at mills in the United States and Canada. Markets for the company's products include the United States, Europe, Canada, South America, and the Pacific Rim. For more information, visit http://www.poptal.com.


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