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Mill Closing

A legal fight in northwestern Wisconsin has resulted in a paper mill shutting its doors.
SMART Paper L.L.C says today it has suspended operations at its Park Falls mills indefinitely. Some 300 workers are out of a job, at least for now.
The suspension stems from a lawsuit filed against SMART Thursday. Hayward based Johnson Timber claims that SMART owes it about $1.4 million dollars for supplies.
A judge granted a restraining order yesterday barring SMART from selling or transporting any products made with Johnson Timber supplies.
But SMART C.E.O Tim Needham says some Johnson Timber fibers may have gotten mixed into waste materials the mill uses to make paper.
That means shipping any product out could violate the order.
A hearing is set for Thursday. Needham says if the matter isn't cleared up by then, the company would shift production to Ohio to meet customers' orders.


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