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UPM Blandin temporarily shutting down Grand Rapids paper mill

UPM Blandin temporarily shutting down Grand Rapids paper mill Photo: WDIO-TV/File

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 22, 2020 11:56 AM

UPM Blandin is temporarily shutting down their Grand Rapids paper mill because of the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The company did not provide exact details of the shutdown, but a representative from Teamsters Local 346 told WDIO News the closure is expected to last around two weeks. 

In a prepared statement, UPM Blandin General Manager Scott Juidici cited market forces for the temporary shutdown.

“The global response to the coronavirus pandemic has led to an overall slowdown of the economy. We are taking short-term measures to respond to market conditions. We rely on our global network of modern paper mills to meet customer demand," Juidici said.

According to UPM Blandin's website, the mill was founded in 1901, and employs 240 people.

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