APPLETON, Wis. — Three paper companies in Wisconsin are taking additional steps to cut costs as they deal with a reduced demand for their products.

At papermaker Appleton, the company is requiring 1,000 salaried employees to take two weeks of unpaid leave. About half of those managers are in Wisconsin.

Thilmany Papers is indefinitely idling one of its paper machines in Kaukauna (kah-KAW’-nah), laying off about 30 workers.

Wausau Paper Corp. is shutting down the remaining machine at its Jay, Maine plant and shifting work to Wisconsin mills in Mosinee (moh-sin-EE’) and Rhinelander. Nearly 100 employees will lose their jobs in Maine.

Wausau Paper will also suspend its longstanding cash dividends.

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