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Blandin paper mill in Grand Rapids will temporarily shut down

The number of layoffs is unknown, as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Logs are unloaded at UPM's Blandin paper mill in Grand Rapids, Minn. (2003 file / Forum News Service)

The UPM Blandin paper mill in Grand Rapids will temporarily shut down as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hurt the economy.

In an emailed statement to the News Tribune, UPM Blandin General Manager Scott Juidici said the economic toll of COVID-19 is slowing demand for paper. UPM Blandin produces coated magazine papers.

“The global response to the coronavirus pandemic has led to an overall slowdown of the economy," Juidici said. "We are taking short-term measures to respond to market conditions. We rely on our global network of modern paper mills to meet customer demand.”

It was not immediately known how many employees would be laid off or how long the shutdown would last. The mill employs 240 people, according to the company's website .

News of the shutdown was first reported by WDIO .

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Teamsters General Local Union 346, which represents the plant's employees, declined to comment and referred inquiries to UPM.

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