Port Townsend: Pulp unit shut down over water level woes

PORT TOWNSEND –Port Townsend Paper Corp. has shut down its pulp machine and temporarily laid off 20 employees due to continuing low streamflow and reservoir conditions.

The company is temporarily curtailing about 25 percent of its operations, mill officials said Friday prior to the pulp unit shut down on the night shift.

Employees were informed of the temporary closures last Monday and are either taking unused vacation time or collecting unemployment benefits until significant rainfall comes, mill officials said.

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