Mac Palmiere is no longer serving in the position of president and chief executive officer of Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP), the mill’s owners have confirmed.
“We can confirm that Mac Palmiere is no longer the CEO of HSPP and no one has permanently taken over in that capacity as of yet,” Jessica Ko, in-house lawyer for Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corp., said in an email to Coast Reporter on Aug. 26.
The company did not provide any further details about the management change.
Palmiere was CEO of HSSP under the previous owners, Canfor and Oji Paper Co. Ltd., when Paper Excellence acquired the mill in 2010. At the time, Palmiere said in a statement that he expected it would be “business as usual” at the Port Mellon facility under the new owners.
According to the company website, the Paper Excellence Group is headquartered in Vancouver and has four pulp and paper mills in Canada, two in France and one in Germany. The mills “are strategically located in close proximity to ports, which keeps its distribution costs low,” the website says.
HSSP employs 540 people and has production capacity of 425,000 tonnes of Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and 230,000 tonnes of newsprint, the company said, noting that a $1.3-billion modernization and expansion project in the 1990s made HSPP “the most modern newsprint and kraft pulp manufacturer with the lowest emissions in the country.”