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Metsä to close Merikarvia sawmill

Metsä to close Merikarvia sawmill
The Metsä Fibre Merikarvia sawmill in Finland (photo courtesy Metsä).

In Finland, forest industry major Metsä Group has announced that has change negotiations concerning the Merikarvia sawmill of Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, which began in January 2024, have ended. After the change negotiations, the company has decided to close down the operations of the Merikarvia sawmill by the end of June 2024.

The annual production capacity of the Merikarvia sawmill is approximately 220,000 cubic metres of sawn wood (pine). The sawmill uses about 455,000 cubic metres of wood annually.

The negotiations concerned all 79 employees of the sawmill. The negotiations covered the reasons for the closure of the sawmill, the possible substantial and permanent reduction in work resulting from the planned closure, and the necessary personnel arrangements.

Efforts will be made to offer the permanent personnel of the Merikarvia sawmill jobs in other production plants where possible, and decisions on layoffs will be taken by the end of June 2024.

The Merikarvia sawmill has reached the end of its technical service life, which is why we’re closing down its operations, said Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre in a statement.

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