Nearly 170 Workers at south Ala. mill get pink slips

By: PURDUE HILL, Ala. (AP)
By: PURDUE HILL, Ala. (AP)

Alabama River Newsprint has announced it will layoff 167 employees at its plant in Monroe County.

The company said the Purdue Hill facility would cease operations in early June. A spokeswoman for the newsprint maker's parent firm, AbitibiBowater, blamed the closure on declining global demand for newsprint and escalating energy costs.

AbitibiBowater Inc., was created in 2007 in a combination of U.S.-based Bowater and Canada's Abitibi-Consolidated.


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