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February 11, 2016

Madison Mill production schedule in further flux

PHOTO / AMBER WATERMAN Russ Drechsel, UPM Madison Mill general manager, stands in front of fuel oil storage tanks that were switched to natural gas.

A Madison Paper Industries official said on Tuesday that he can’t confirm details of a potential months-long reduction of production at the mill, saying that the situation is still changing weekly and that layoffs have been avoided.

While layoffs this year have been avoided, production at the Madison Mill is down and union officials have said that changes in the schedule have caused some reductions in the pay of the approximately 225 workers employed by the mill, according to the Morning Sentinel.

The Madison Mill has been operating on a Tuesday-through-Saturday schedule since January, a stark contrast to the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week production schedule that preceded it. Production scheduling is now subject to change on a weekly basis.

“We’ll balance our production needs with what the market demands,” Russ Drechsel, president and CEO of Madison Paper, told the newspaper. “In other words, an order or request for paper could come in tomorrow, and we may elect to run this weekend. Or we may have 10 orders canceled, and we may have to shut down all next week.”

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