A north Alabama county is about it lose its biggest employer. International Paper says it’s closing the paper mill in Lawrence County after forty three years of operation. After the first round of layoffs we take a look at how the town of Courtland and the residents are doing.
Courtland Alabama has a population of around seven hundred people and one big employer. The International Paper mill provided jobs to over a thousand Lawrence County workers, but according to International Paper spokeswoman Laura Gipson that is about to change…
United Steel Workers officials have detailed the severance package their members will be given in the International Paper Courtland Mill closure.
Union officials told the Florence TimesDaily that their more than 800 members at the plant will be given a $2,000 check up front and 1 and a half week's pay for every year they've been employed with the plant.
President of Local 1161, Bill Sneed, says members were receptive to the negotiated package, although many are still shocked the plant is closing.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said that the state is continuing to talk with International Paper about the future of its Lawrence County facility. However, company officials haven't indicated that there's anything the state can do to keep the 1,100-employee plant open.
International Paper announced last week that it will close the north Alabama mill because of declining demand, a move that will affect more than 1,100 jobs in the Tennessee Valley.
The Memphis, Tenn.-based company said the plant in Courtland will shut down by early 2014.
International Paper says it is closing a mill in north Alabama, a move that will affect 1,100 jobs. The Memphis, Tenn.-based, company said Wednesday the plant in Courtland will shut down by early 2014.
The mill makes a type of paper that's used in magazines, forms, copiers and printers. International Paper says demand is down as customers switch to online publications and electronic billing and record-keeping.
International Paper spokesman Tim Nicholls says in a statement the company looked at different options for the plant. But it decided a permanent shutdown was best.