An estimated 2,200 jobs were jeopardized when Bowater Mersey closed it paper mill in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia on June 15.
Sawmills that supplied hog fuel chips, wood chips and bark to the mill and its energy plant have no market for those products, Lunenburg Mayor Don Downe noted. He told the Chronicle-Herald sawmills that are considering shutting their doors employ between 100 and 475 people.
In December 2011 the Nova Scotia government invested $50 million in the Bowater Mersey operation.
Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil says owners Resolute Forest Products used some of that money to purchase a Quebec paper mill.