Saturday, March 21, 1998
Wausau-Mosinee to cut jobs

BY GUY BOULTON
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Wausau-Mosinee Paper Corp. announced plans Friday to eliminate about 300 jobs, or 8 percent of its work force, in a restructuring that will affect its two mills in Middletown.

The company, based in Mosinee, Wis., employs about 380 people in Middletown.

''Probably each location will be part of the overall reduction,'' said Steven Schmidt, Wausau-Mosinee's controller.

The company hopes most of the jobs will be eliminated through an early-retirement program. But Mr. Schmidt said that some employees are likely to lose their jobs involuntarily in the restructuring. The job reductions will take place through 1999.

The restructuring follows the merger of Wausau Paper Mills Co. and Mosinee Paper Corp. in December. The companies, which employ 3,600 people, had combined sales of almost $1 billion last year. The merged company expects to lower costs by $30 million a year, including $23 million in annual labor costs.

Two Wausau-Mosinee subsidiaries in Middletown are Bay West Paper Corp. and Sorg Paper Co.

Bay West, with 169 employees in Middletown, makes toilet paper and towels for the commercial market. Sorg Paper, with 210 employees in Middletown, makes filter paper, such as that used in vacuum cleaner bags, tissue, specialty papers used in counter tops and other products.