Layoffs At Domtar's Plymouth Plant

More layoffs to report in Eastern Carolina.

Domtar Corporation announced Monday that 185 people will lose their jobs at the end of February. Domtar is permanently shutting down one of the two paper machines at the plant in Plymouth, according to a press release.

The layoffs will affect various parts of the mill.

“Continued adverse economic conditions and the decline of fine paper orders require that we reduce our uncoated freesheet manufacturing capacity,” said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar. “Plymouth employees have made commendable efforts over the years to keep their facility operating efficiently and I want to thank all affected employees for their hard work and dedication,” Mr. Williams said in a press release.

Domtar says the Plymouth mill will continue to operate two pulp lines, one pulp dryer and one paper machine.


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  • by Boiler operator Location: martin county on Mar 17, 2009 at 02:36 AM
    all i wasnt to say is pray for us thats all we will make it by the grace of god
  • by tom Location: plymouth on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    OLF OLF OLF I told yall u would regret rejecting OLF
  • by Ashlie Location: jamesville on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    I have just read all of the posts. It is amazing to me how off the path some of them are. It doesn't matter about the past, it isn't about how much education employees at Domtar have. It is about families that are facing major changes, and they are having to figure out how to deal with these changes. We are all living with a terrible economy and we should all work together, not against each other. Help those around you in anyway you can, even if its just a heartfelt "its really good to see you" it can lift someone's spirits. Be kind to people, its important. To those laid off, remember it can't stay bad forever, this too shall pass. Your community is rallying around you and we support you.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    I'm bored, I probably won't be back at this page again. Good luck people and remember, there is dignity in every job even one that pays market rates. Apologize to those you looked down upon for years and ask them not to return the favor if you have to start below them.
  • by Anonymous Location: County on Feb 17, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    I've had a daughter, two husbands, a son, a father, other family members, and acquaintances and good friends who worked at Wey. and Domtar. What did I receive after one husband died? Not even a sympathy card from the credit union, but yes, I received $3000.00 from the workers in several departments because they cared about someone sick and dying. I'll always be grateful for the years that my husband was allowed to work although he probably died from the chemicals he was subjected to just like the other 7 who died in the same department. I don't know what happened to the 8th one. Once someone is gone from a family it seems that people say "Out of sight is out of mind." Thanks Wey. for helping to put meals on the table for my children, husband, and me. Thanks for giving my husbands and other memebers jobs and thanks for all the company did. I for one appreciate it. No one can blame someone for one's death when one chooses to work there. The problem is there are crooked people at Domta.
  • by Amazed Location: Domtar wife on Feb 17, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    It really amazes me how ugly some people can act. Wake up folks! People are loosing their jobs. Why in the world do a few of you find it necessary to kick good people when they are down? I hope you can sleep at night!
  • by Anonymous Location: Martin County on Feb 17, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    Poor poor pitiful me! Remember the song by the country singer? I guess this is what the Domtar workers are feeling like at this moment...the ones who will be facing no employment and living off of unemployment to the best of their ability. I do feel sorry for all and I wish that Bush and the Democratic Congress had been gotten rid of a long time ago, but no! Some people will never learn that a Republican President and a Democratic Congress can't work.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Lawyer, doctors, realtors, etc have their income determined based on market forces. Their wages are not inflated artificially by collective arm-twisting. The only reason these people are not whining on this blog is because they can't figure out how to find it since there is no longer a direct link from the main WITN page. We are not talking about people with PhDs here.
  • by joe Location: plymouth on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    I feel sorry for all the people losing their jobs but I do have one thing to say about it though OLF after a year or 2 there would of been so many companys working construction to build it, and stores moving near there and house being built for military personnel,but hey what do I know there was only goin to be like 20 jobs availible (whatever) hows the farming over there birds still ok L.O.L. dudes have a good day hope all the peeps can find another job around the area but they will probaly have to go out of the county.
  • by Domtar Employee's Wife Location: Jamesville on Feb 16, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    Bill, you always talk about what the Domtar employees have accumulated over the years. I have a question for you. Do you feel the same way about other people making lots of money and owning the expensive toys as you call them? I’m talking about lawyers, doctors, real estate and even construction. These people live the high dollar life style that you complain others live. I think that maybe you just have a problem with the “UNION”. I really don’t blame anyone for wanting to take their money and living a wonderful life. People work hard and if they choose to play hard and have nice things, then it’s no ones business. None of these employees are whining people don’t like change and they are worried about what the future will bring. I’m sure that any of these women or men being laid off would be willing to work for less. You do what you have to, to make ends meet. My heart goes out to all the Domtar employees. Keep your head high, and your faith in God and good things will come to you.
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