Appvion to eliminate 200 jobs at Appleton plant

APPLETON, Wis. - Appvion announced Thursday it will be eliminating 200 jobs at its Appleton plant due to consolidation.

The company plans to consolidate most of its carbonless paper coating and rewinding operations at the Appleton plant to its integrated pulp and paper mill in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania.

Appvion also plans to relocated the Appleton plant's sheeting operations to an Appvion-operated facility near the mill.

The transition is expected to begin in January and be completed in the third quarter of 2018.

The company's goal is to increase efficiencies.

"Our consolidation plan is an important operational improvement initiative designed to enhance Appvion's competitive position in the carbonless paper market," said Kevin Gilligan, Appvion's chief executive officer, in a press release. "This move will allow Appvion to most effectively serve current and future demand for carbonless products and maintain our commitment to a market that we have been proud to serve since our company helped introduce this product 63 years ago."

300 hourly and salaried plant employees will keep their jobs at the Appleton plant to continue producing the company's thermal paper products and some carbonless and specialty coated grades.

Jobs at Appvion's other plants will not be affected. 

"We greatly appreciate the role the affected employees at the Appleton Plant have played in serving customers over the years and we are committed to helping them through this transition,” Gilligan said.

The plan will not be implemented until the company talks with representatives from Appleton's United Steelworkers Union about the reasons for and effects of the consolidation plan, the company said.

Appvion filed for bankruptcy in October.

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