The announcement of the closure of the Tolko Industries Paper Mill in The Pas has rocked the community this week. Town of The Pas Mayor Jim Scott says it’s a tough pill to swallow. He says initially on day one it’s just a hit to the gut, it’s an astronomical decision that he never ever thought would be happening. He says 330 jobs is a lot and it’s really going to hurt the local economy because it’s a ripple effect so it’s time to get some smart minds in the community around a table and say what do you think.
Scott says the Town of The Pas is committed to working with Tolko toward a positive solution. They have also extended a request to Tolko that the company identify any areas that they as a town may consider to assist in the matter.