IP closing Alabama mill, 1,10 jobs affected


COURTLAND, Ala. (AP) — 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.

The mill is in a town of about 600 people.

The company says it will work with union officials on benefits and other help for hourly workers. Salaried employees can get severance packages and other aid.

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