Montreal-based Kruger Inc. buys Kamloops pulp mill from Domtar

Pulp mill sold to Que. firm

Montreal-based Kruger Inc. has purchased the Kamloops pulp mill from Domtar.

In a statement Thursday, Francois D’Amours, Kruger’s chief operating officer, said the acquisition brings opportunities not just for the corporation, but for the Kamloops mill and B.C. wood fibre suppliers.

“There is a natural fit between Kruger and the Kamloops mill, which has an impressive track record in terms of performance, sustainability, health and safety and employee engagement,” D’Amours said.

“Kruger has always maintained excellent relationships with its employees, customers, suppliers and communities and will make every effort to ensure a smooth and efficient transition, and to continue and strengthen these relationships.”

The Kamloops mill, which produced pulp for customers in North America and Asia, was sold as a condition of Domtar’s merger with Paper Excellence.

A Kruger spokesperson told Castanet the firm is not disclosing how much it cost to purchase the mill.

Kruger said this sale will help secure the supply of high-quality pulp for some of its Quebec paper mills.

“With this acquisition, Kruger will strengthen its presence in British Columbia as a major employer and provider of essential products,” a statement from the corporation said.

Kruger’s existing B.C. operations include the Kruger Products tissue plant in New Westminster, and Kruger Energy’s Zeballos Lake Hydro Plant.

According to Kruger Inc., the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to conditions including the approval of the Competition Commissioner of Canada.

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