MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Sappi Paper is shutting down for at least six months beginningApril 1, a move that will affect 190 workers.
Officials with the Muskegon papercompany said the economy is the reason. They hope to reopen andrehire all the employees. An earlier report of 400 layoffs,provided by the company, was incorrect.
The company lost $7 million in the first quarter.
Along with the job losses, city officials are also concernedabout the loss of money Sappi pays to the sewer system and theimpact it will have on city residents.
"If this is going to be permanent it certainly is going toreflect in all sewer rates being raised by all sewer usersthroughout the county," Muskegon Mayor Steve Warmington told 24Hour News 8.
The company says the furlough in Muskegon was the only option ithad to reduce costs.
24 Hour News 8's Leon Hendrix contributed to this report
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