JAY – International Paper announced Wednesday it would temporarily shutdown its No. 1 paper machine for two weeks due to seasonally slow customer demand.

There are no layoffs planned as a result of the downtime at the Androscoggin Mill, IP Communications Manager Donna Peare said.

About 30 employees who work on the uncoated paper machine will be assigned to other jobs at the mill to meet business needs during this time, Peare said.

The machine will go down Sunday, May 25, and is expected to resume production on Monday, June 9, Peare said.

The paper machine, one of five at the mill, makes uncoated paper for business forms, photo copy paper and also some fast food bags, she said.

“The No. 1 paper machine team has made great strides in improving that machine’s runnability and lowering cost. They set a record in April,” Mike Craft, mill manager stated in a press release.

Employees were told about the downtime Wednesday morning.

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