This week, Resolute Forest Products submitted a WARN notification with the state of Tennessee. The Canadian company manufactures pulp and paper products. According to the WARN Notification submitted to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce, the company’s Calhoun, Tennessee operations will permanently lay off 222 workers on October 14, 2017.
The company’s operations are located at 5020 Highway 11 South in Calhoun. The announcement comes as the company announced it was planning to shift from paper to tissue production. McMinn County’s mayor, John Gentry, has admitted that the staff reduction will hit equally hard for McMinn and Bradley Counties. Since the plant is within the vicinity of both counties, they’ll share the job losses.
The plant will close two paper machines resulting in a decrease of 356,500 metric tons of paper production. The company expects market pulp production capacity to increase by more than ten percent. Mayor Gentry hopes that the plant will have a future and will expand moving forward.
He is also hopeful for those losing their jobs, since he claims the labor market in McMinn county is still strong. Earlier this year, Armstrong Flooring LLC in Madison County, Tennessee announced it would be laying off 215 workers on October 6, 2017. Gannett Satellite Information Network LLC is laying off 88 on October 1, 2017.
Finally, J.C. Penney Corporation has announced the closure of a Knox County store. The closure will lead to layoffs totaling 69 starting on October 1, 2017.