‘The mar­ket has re­ally re­sponded’

The Casket - - Local - NANCY KING CAPE BRE­TON POST com­mu­ni­[email protected]­ald.ca

Port Hawkes­bury Pa­per’s or­der books for 2019 are es­sen­tially full, a se­nior com­pany of­fi­cial says.

It’s good news for the largest in­dus­trial em­ployer in the Strait of Canso re­gion, which is now six years re­moved from a year-long shut­down and sales process fol­low­ing the bank­ruptcy of its for­mer Amer­i­can par­ent com­pany.

The com­pany em­barked upon its own eco­nomic im­pact study re­cently, con­ducted by Gard­ner Pin­fold. It looked at the gross value of out­put, gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, em­ploy­ment, labour in­come and taxes.

Al­lan Eddy is the mill’s di­rec­tor of busi­ness devel­op­ment, a role he has held since Au­gust. The re­open­ing of the mill was as­sisted by an aid pack­age of $124.5 mil­lion over 10 years from the province. The study was not some­thing the mill was man­dated to do un­der the terms of that agree­ment, Eddy said.

“I think it was im­por­tant to demon­strate to our­selves and to the province the value that the com­pany was bring­ing,” he said in an in­ter­view.

Port Hawkes­bury Pa­per de­clined to re­lease the full re­port when re­quested by the Cape Bre­ton Post. Fig­ures re­leased by the com­pany state that to­tal ex­pen­di­tures by the mill have ex­ceeded $1 bil­lion since it re­opened in 2012.

“The or­ders have been strong and the mar­ket has re­ally re­sponded to the qual­ity of the prod­uct that the mill is putting out and our sales teams have been out there and we have sales to over 225 dif­fer­ent print­ing out­lets on five con­ti­nents,” Eddy said.

The case for re­open­ing the mill, which pro­duces su­per­cal­en­dered pa­per for the cat­a­logue, mag­a­zine and flyer mar­ket, was built on the mill be­ing the one of the best fa­cil­i­ties of its kind in the world, he added.

“The peo­ple here at the mill have re­ally put their shoul­der to the wheel to pro­duce the best qual­ity pa­per out there and it has been very well ac­cepted in the mar­ket­place,” Eddy said.

The mill pro­vides 325 di­rect full-time equiv­a­lent jobs and an

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