Glatfelter paper company cutting 120 jobs

Staff report
Glatfelter plant in Spring Grove, Wednesday August 12, 2015. John A. Pavoncello -

Spring Grove-based paper manufacturer Glatfelter plans to eliminate 120 jobs from its specialty papers business unit, the company announced  Thursday, July 27.

Improved efficiency and “market weakness” led to the decision to shut down a paper machine at the company’s Chillicothe, Ohio, plant, where 50 hourly employees will lose their jobs, according to a news release.

Seventy salaried positions also will be eliminated from  the specialty papers unit, the company said. The Central Penn Business Journal reports 30 of those jobs are at the Spring Grove plant.

“The supply-demand imbalance in the printing and writing markets continues to put pressure on industry operating rates and selling prices,” company chairman and CEO Dante C. Parrini said in the release.

“In light of the challenging market conditions, we must aggressively manage costs by eliminating capacity without impacting our ability to service our customers," he stated. "While these are difficult decisions, we must take the actions necessary to strengthen our Specialty Papers business and position Glatfelter for long-term success.”

The company said it will work with the hourly employees to find new manufacturing positions at the Ohio facility.