Congressman testifies trade practices hurt local mill
U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) testified Thursday before the International Trade Commission on the topic of how unfair trade practices have affected Domtar Paper Co. and its Ashdown, Ark., operation.
Domtar Paper owns and operates an integrated pulp and paper mill in Ashdown.
In December 2014, Domtar announced its No. 64 machine at its Ashdown facility would be permanently converted from manufacturing paper to manufacturing "fluff pulp," a material used as the absorbent material in baby diapers and adult incontinence products. The conversion will cost the region 100 high-paying manufacturing jobs.