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116 to lose jobs as Arizona paper factory prepares to close

September 25, 2018

BELLEMONT, Ariz. (AP) — As many as 116 jobs will be lost when an Arizona paper products plant shuts its doors next year.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the Bellemont factory’s parent company Essity announced last week the decision to close.

Essity Vice President of Communications Amy Bellcourt says the decision was purely a financial one.

The company shut a related factory in Flagstaff last year for similar reasons. That plant produced the raw paper product that would eventually become tissues, paper towels and toilet paper. The plant in Bellemont was a converting facility, meaning it converted that raw paper material into the final products.

According to a release, layoffs will begin in stages starting in as few as 53 days and continue until the factory’s final closure.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/

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