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COURTLAND

— The shutting down of the last two paper machines at the International Paper mill in Courtland, machines 34 and 35, has been moved to the first week of February, mill spokeswoman Laura Gipson said.

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COURTLAND — United Steelworkers Local 193 President Ronnie Hunt said he estimates 650-700 workers will be laid off when the next round of layoffs at International Paper's Courtland mill begins on February 10.

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With layoffs starting, International Paper employees are looking at options to improve their career opportunities.

Local 193 President Ronnie Hunt, who heads one of three United Steelworkers divisions at the mill, said the Courtland paper mill was expected to lay off 27 people last week.

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Layoffs at the International Paper mill in Courtland are starting, unfortunately during the holiday season.

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MOULTON

— Members of a committee formed to weigh the impact of International Paper’s closing fear the immediate hit to county budgets may be worse than early predictions.

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COURTLAND — SCA Tissue wants to help. So does Wise Alloys and Cherokee Nitrogen.

Those Shoals-area companies were just three of about 40 employers at Courtland Baptist Church on Friday, providing information to prospective employees.

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COURTLAND — Anthony Eckl said he had not updated his resume since he was hired at Champion 32 years ago, before the mill was obtained by International Paper in 2000. Eckl believed he would retire at the mill.

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MOULTON — Officials from Lawrence County, its schools and the town of Courtland estimate their annual budgets will lose a combined $2.3 million after closure of the International Paper mill next spring.

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MOULTON — The Lawrence County Commission has appointed a committee to study the effects of the International Paper closure in Courtland.

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